Sales tax holiday to help families, small businesses, official says

LITTLE ROCK — Sylvester Smith, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said Arkansas’ upcoming sales tax holiday will benefit families and small businesses. This year’s holiday weekend is Aug. 4 and 5.

“The sales tax holiday is kind of like the day after Thanksgiving,” Smith said in a news release Tuesday. “It gets people fired up and in the mood to shop, and that’s exactly what our economy needs right now.”

NFIB/Arkansas supported the passage of legislation creating the sales-tax holiday in 2011.

“Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, the state of Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax,” according to the state Department of Finance and Administration’s website.

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