KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Families are saving some big bucks this weekend as they get their kids ready to head back to school.

It’s the start of Missouri’s sales tax holiday, which runs Aug. 5-7.

At Missouri retailers, you can shop tax-free for things like school supplies, computers, computer equipment and clothing.

There was a long line Friday outside the Apple store on the Country Club Plaza. Many of the shoppers were planning to buy a computer or laptop tax free.

There will be no city, county or state sales tax at the Apple store as long as the computer doesn’t cost more than $1,500.

That’s good news for college students like Cierra Smith.

“We were going to go last weekend, but we were like, we might as well wait until tax-free weekend,” Smith said. “So we’ve been waiting.”

Virtually anything used by students in a classroom is likely to be exempt from state sales taxes this weekend in Missouri.

You do not need to be a student or live in Missouri to have your purchase qualify for the sales tax exemption.

There are limits on how much you can spend tax free.

In addition to the $1,500 computer limit, clothing has to cost $100 or less to qualify. And school supplies can’t exceed $50 per purchase.

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