I hope this day finds you and your family safe. The summer is drawing to a close and our thoughts turn to the State Fair, the changing of the season, and schools starting once again. If your family's schedule is like mine, the summer days were just packed. The prospect of school starting adds some hope that life will slow down, if only slightly.
For those of you with kids in school, I hope you took advantage of the back-to-school holiday weekend.
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday August 6-8, 2021
Missourians were able to save some of their hard-earned dollars as they purchased school supplies for their kids during the back-to-school sales tax holiday. The holiday began at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, and ran through midnight on Sunday, Aug. 8. During that time, certain back-to-school purchases such as school supplies, computers, clothing, and other qualifying items as defined by statute were exempt from state sales tax.
Approved by the legislature in 2003, the three-day period allows parents to buy school-related items such as clothing, school supplies and computers without having to pay the state sales tax of 4.225 percent. In some cases, local municipalities have also chosen to honor the holiday, which means parents in these areas were able to forego local sales tax as well. For a complete list of the cities and counties that chose not to participate, please use the following link:
During the sales tax holiday, state sales tax were not charged on the following items:
- Clothing that does not have a taxable value of more than $100. Eligible clothing items include any article of apparel intended to be worn on or about the body, including footwear and disposable diapers for infants or adults. Cloth and other material used to make school uniforms or other school clothing are also included. Not included are watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, or belt buckles;
- School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include, but are not limited to, textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, chalk, maps, globes, handheld calculators, graphing calculators that do not have a taxable value of more than $150, and computer software that does not have a taxable value of more than $350. Not included are watches, radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop telephones, copiers or other office equipment, furniture, or fixtures; and
- Personal computers that do not cost more than $1,500 and computer peripheral devices that do not cost more than $1,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, a display monitor, and a keyboard. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, compact disk drive, daughterboard, digitizer, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, multimedia speaker, printer, scanner, single-user hardware, single-user operating system, soundcard, or video card.
Celebrating Missouri’s Bicentennial
I look forward to seeing you at the many Bicentennial celebrations across the district and state in the coming weeks. The 48th District is blessed with a rich history that dates back to the very beginning of Missouri's statehood. I hope each of you can find a way to participate and appreciate the history that is uniquely ours.
Missouri officials are holding a number of events to celebrate the state’s bicentennial, and the public is invited to attend the upcoming Missouri Statehood Day on August 10. The formal ceremony will take place that day at 9 a.m. on the South Lawn of the Missouri Capitol. Governor Mike Parson will be joined by past governors and other dignitaries to recognize Missouri’s 200 years of statehood. The public can attend in person or view the ceremony online by visiting Missouri2021.org.
In addition to the day’s festivities, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Missouri Statehood stamp in recognition of the bicentennial. Remarks will be made by Governor Parson, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, and other officials. Missouri’s Poet Laureate Maryfrances Wagner will read a poem for the bicentennial and music will be performed by Missouri Choral Directors Association All-State Festival Choir and the Missouri National Guard 135th Army Band.
Following the formal ceremony, the public is invited to a Naturalization ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. in the first floor Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol. Special bicentennial-themed exhibits will be on display inside the Capitol, including the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt, the Missouri Bicentennial Mural, My Missouri 2021 Photo exhibit, and a Missouri Timeline display.
The Missouri bicentennial is also the theme for the Missouri State Fair, Aug. 12-22 in Sedalia. Our Missouri Celebration features special bicentennial events and exhibits, including Missouri on Mic, a project sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri and KBIA operated by the Missouri School of Journalism, to record stories of Missourians during the bicentennial year. In addition, there will be livestock shows and competitive exhibits, entertainment, motor sports and other regular State Fair offerings.
Missouri Statehood Day, Aug. 10, 2021, marks an important milestone of 200 years since the Missouri Territory became the 24th state to enter the Union. More than 200 bicentennial events are taking place this year, statewide, with major public events scheduled in August.
If you have questions, concerns, or input, please feel free to contact me at 573-751-0169 or you can reach my Legislator Assistant, June, at June.Cardwell@house.mo.gov.