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Click to find items you can buy tax-free in NC and SC this weekend

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV & AP) - North and South Carolina shoppers can save money on back-to-school items this weekend.

The annual tax-free weekend in both states began early Friday morning and ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

North Carolina limits what's exempt from state and local sales taxes. Clothes, shoes and school supplies costing up to $100 per item are tax-exempt. Computers up to $3,500 each are exempt.

Computer supplies of $250 or less are exempt. And sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less tax-free.

Click for list of items exempt during NC's tax-free holiday.

In South Carolina, shoppers will be able to avoid paying the state's 6 percent sales tax. Those items include everything from school supplies to computers, clothing and footwear.

Click for list of items exempt during SC's tax-free holiday.

The North Carolina Department of Revenue expects shoppers to save $14.5 million this weekend. That's down from last year because the state sales tax dropped by a penny July 1, to 4.75 percent.

The total tax shoppers usually pay ranges from 6.75 percent to 7.25 percent, including local sales taxes.

In South Carolina, the Revenue Department says the tax holiday costs about $3 million in lost tax revenues.

Some stores along South Carolina's western edge are expecting shoppers from Georgia. Merchants report Georgia shoppers crossed into South Carolina after their state eliminated its tax holiday last year.

Copyright 2011 WBTV. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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