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7 Things You Don’t Know About the Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

Do you love saving money when you shop? From Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31, Tennessee Tax Free Weekend will be in full swing across Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You can save on plenty of items items while shopping during the tax free holiday. But that’s not all — in 2022, there’s a second Tax Free Weekend for food and food ingredients! Find out more below!

1. Which items are non-taxable during the Tennessee Tax Free Weekend?


  • Items priced at less than $100
  • Belts, coats, dresses, gloves, hats, jeans, pants, school uniforms, shoes, shirts, etc.

School Supplies

  • Items priced at less than $100
  • Backpacks, books, crayons, folders, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, paints, drawing pads, etc.


  • Computers for personal use priced at less than $1,500
  • Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify, as well as tablet computers

For more information about tax free items, take a look at the State of Tennessee’s website here: 

2. 2022 Food Sales Tax Holiday

This year, Tennessee is having a tax-free period for food and food ingredients! It takes place August 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. According to the State of Tennessee’s website, “Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value. This does not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, or dietary supplements.”

3. What is Tennessee’s sales tax rate?

The state of Tennessee has a sales tax rate of 7%. No matter where you are for the Tennessee Tax Free Weekend, you will at least save that much!

Sevier County has an additional tax rate of 2.75%. Meaning, the total sales tax in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville equals 9.75%. So, when you buy any of the qualifying items while you’re in these areas, you will save a total of 9.75%. That’s a pretty big savings!

Tips for Shopping During Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

4. Remember that the stores will be pretty busy. It may be a good idea to plan ahead, know exactly where you want to go and have a good idea of the things you may be looking to buy.

5. The lines may be long, so you may not be able to try on a lot of clothes. It’s smart to know what sizes you are looking for in which items.

6. When you’re shopping, it’s best to go early in the day when stores open. This way, you hit the stores before they get busy and you also get the best selection of merchandise that’s on sale.

7. If you want to save even more money during Tennessee Tax Free Weekend, take a look at Visit My Smokies’ selection of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge coupons.

Want to go shopping while you’re in the Smoky Mountains? Check out the best shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!