Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday is around the corner
Layaways of guns, ATVs and other hunting gear are eligible for the state tax excemption
Any equipment needed to hunt can be purchased tax-free during the Second Amendment Weekend set for Sept. 7-9. You can even put items on layaway now and still pay no sales taxes.
That means stores selling outdoor-related equipment should be hopping the second weekend of September.
The list items covered under the authorizing legislations is exhaustive but includes guns, bows, ammunition, clothing, tree stands, knives, decoys, binoculars and range finders, ATVs and pretty much anything else that can be used during the hunting season.
“If you can make a case for it to be used hunting, dad-gumit, it’s tax free,” Bowie Outfitter’s Lea Benoit said.
There are several ways to take advantage of the offer.
First, items put on layaway before the weekend are covered as long as possession is taken during the tax-free weekend.
However, if an item — say, a gun — isn’t on hand during the weekend, payment can be made and the merchandise can be picked up after it is ordered and arrives in the store.
“Yeah, they can take possession of it, but they just have to pay for it. If you come in and want to order a gun, and that gun is on a six-month back-order, if they pay for it and that gun comes in four months later you get it tax free,” Benoit said.
Also, if an item from a store’s inventory, and that item is physically set aside for the pickup by the customer at a later date, the purchaser can avoid paying the state sales taxes.
Rain checks issued for merchandise before the sales weekend will be honored as tax-free purchases. However, rain checks issued during the weekend for later purchase are ineligible for the tax break.
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