Back-to-school shoppers planning to take advantage of the Arkansas tax-free holiday in August will have two store days and an online way to take advantage of the bargain with the Lions Bookstore at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
Lions Bookstore will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. In addition, all Web orders placed between 12:01 a.m. Aug. 4 and 11:59 p.m. Aug. 5 will be free of sales tax charges.
Bettina Sparks, bookstore manager, said the tax-free event is a perfect time for students to buy textbooks and school supplies.
“If a student decides to rent a textbook or buy one of the available digital books,” Sparks said, “there is a savings of almost 50 percent off the new book price, and then when you factor in the no sales tax, this really adds up to some huge savings for students.”
Sparks said in addition to UAFS students wanting to save money, there’s another group who might want to come to campus -- Christmas shoppers.
“Some people buy UAFS T-shirts or sweatshirts to give as gifts,” she said. “We also have a good group of logo gift items. This is a great way to save some money and show UAFS spirit.”
This is the second year for Arkansas to offer a tax-free holiday, which was approved in the 2011 legislative session and first offered last year.
A list of what qualifies -- including clothing items under $100 per item -- can be found at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration website, www.dfa.arkansas.gov. Once on the site, go to Sales and Use Tax on the left, and then click on 2012 Sales Tax Holiday. Viewers can click on either an itemized list or frequently asked questions about the event.
The bookstore at UAFS is part of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, which is a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble that operates more than 650 college and university bookstores around the nation.
For more information about the UAFS event, call Sparks at 479-788-7320.