Tennessee tax-free holidays offer relief for food, school supplies, gun safety items

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / From left, Tessa Kelly, Avery Hampton, Kaitlyn Young and Katie Tidwell shop at Pruett's Market in Signal Mountain on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Tennesseans will be given three ways to avoid paying taxes this month.

The tax-free holidays apply to clothing, computers and school supplies for three days starting Friday. Also starting Friday, no taxes will be collected on the sale of food, food ingredients and prepared foods for one week. And no taxes will be collected on purchases of gun safes and gun safety devices for the next year.

The food holiday is in its second year for restaurants as an effort to help the struggling industry during the pandemic. It was expanded this year to include grocery stores. It will take place from 12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 5. Though the news has caught some restaurateurs and grocery owners by surprise, they welcome the idea.