There are 17 states that usually have annual tax holidays. Mississippi’s begins at 12:01 a.m. July 31 and ends at midnight Aug. 1. According to the Mississippi Department of Revenue, items exempt from sales tax during the holiday are identical to previous years: clothing and footwear items less than $100 per item. Accessories, athletic equipment, school supplies and computers are not eligible.

Sales tax holidays are advertised as a way to give people a break from paying the sales tax, typically during the “back to school” shopping season. Superficially this sounds good, however, many tax and economic experts and officials believe the benefits are minimal. They say public officials cash in more on the good publicity than consumers cash in on savings.

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