The sales tax holiday is just days away for the state of Missouri, bringing a three-day period where students of all ages can buy school supplies from local retailers. At midnight on the first Friday in August to Sunday, Aug. 5, certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, among other items, are exempt from sales tax in participating jurisdictions.   The sales tax holiday applies to state and local sales taxes when a local jurisdiction chooses to participate in the holiday. According to Missouri Department of Revenue, for jurisdictions in Missouri that are not participating in the sales tax holiday, the state's 4.225 percent tax rate will remain exempt for qualifying sales tax holiday items. For individuals who prefer to shop online, the sales tax holiday applies to qualifying online purchases, too. According to Missouri Department of Revenue's website, "If the purchase of the qualifying item occurs during the sales tax holiday, is subject to sales tax and the transaction is completed during the holiday. Delivery can occur after the holiday if the purchaser pays in full during the sales tax holiday." When ordering online, keep in mind that different retailer stores have different prices and that certain retailer stores will provide free shipping if you order a certain amount.

Pulaski County is not participating in the sales tax holiday and will collect local sales tax. In Pulaski County, the local sales tax is 0.750 percent.

For more information, or to check municipal sales tax rates, go to the Missouri Department of Revenue's Web site at