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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's annual tax-free weekend is from August 3 to 5.

Beginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday, families and students can save money when they buy clothing, school supplies, and electronics needed for the upcoming school year.

Items that will be exempt from sales tax include:

  • Clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item
  • School instructional materials of $300 or less per item
  • Sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item
  • Computers of $3,500 or less per item
  • Computer supplies of $250 or less per item
  • Tablet computers and net-books of $3,500 or less per item qualify, eReaders, do not.

Items are not exempt from sales tax just because they're required by a student's school or sports team.

Visit the N.C. Department of Revenue’s website for a complete list of items that qualify.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that N.C. Department of Revenue estimates show the state will lose about $13.6 million in sales-tax revenue over the three days.

State director Gregg Thompson of the National Federation of Independent Business is encouraging shoppers to focus on small businesses.

Andy Ellen, president and general counsel of the N.C. Retail Merchants Association, says that instead of pocketing the savings, consumers are likely to spend the extra cash on an additional purchase or treat for the family.

FOX8's Shannon Smith on Thursday spoke with Best Buy employees in Greensboro to learn about what's in-store that can be purchased tax-free this weekend.

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