Southwest Missouri stores are gearing up for the Sales Tax Free Weekend, but some cities are still choosing to collect local sales taxes.
The tax free weekend begins Friday and lasts through Sunday.
Missouri's 4.225% state tax will not apply to back to school items that meet the following requirements:
While you won't see state sales taxes applied, you will still see city and county taxes in some areas. Joplin is one of those places that will keep their city sales tax throughout the weekend.
City officials say money from the city sales tax is allocated to future projects.
Joplin's finance director, Leslie Haase, says "several sales taxes that were dedicated solely to doing projects that the citizens approved, mainly our parks, storm water sales tax, and our capital improvement sales tax, those are 10 year taxes where we are slated to do specific projects that the voters approved when they voted on it."
Community's who will collect city sales taxes this weekend are: