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

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Do you love saving money when you shop? From Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, 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 2020, there’s a second Tax Free Weekend for restaurants! Find out more below!

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

In previous years, the limits were $100 on clothing and school supplies and $1,500 on computers. This year, the limits have doubled.


  • Items priced at less than $200
  • Belts, coats, dresses, gloves, hats, jeans, pants, school uniforms, shoes, shirts, etc.

School Supplies

  • Items priced at less than $200
  • Backpacks, books, crayons, folders, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, paints, drawing pads, etc.


  • Electronic devices, including computers and TVs, priced at less than $3,000
  • Computers with a purchase price of $3,000 or less that are not for use in business

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

2. 2020 Restaurant Sales Tax Holiday

This year, Tennessee is introducing a new sales tax holiday for restaurants! This is to give restaurants a boost since business is down this year. The restaurant tax free weekend takes place August 7 through August 9. The retail sale of food and drink by restaurants and limited service restaurants is exempt.

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!