The back-to-school experience ought to be a bit more pleasant this year for families with school-age children shopping in Lee’s Summit.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3 and running to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 5 (Friday through Sunday), purchases on school-eligible items will be exempt from city-imposed sales tax. This will be the first time residents will be able to shop in Lee’s Summit stores during the sales-tax holiday and not have to pay sales tax on school-related items.
The city sales tax exemption is limited to clothing (any article having a taxable value of $100 or less), school supplies (not to exceed $50 per purchase), computer software (with a taxable value of $350 or less per purchase), personal computers (not to exceed $3,500) and computer peripheral devices (not to exceed $3,500).
I want to encourage our local businesses to be active participants in the sales-tax holiday, ensuring a great experience for consumers through promotions and value-added activities. Our businesses are now on equal footing with those in surrounding communities that have participated in the sales tax holiday in the past.
Our city leaders have provided this opportunity for businesses and residents. So let’s embrace it.
Diane J. Seif
President, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce