COLUMBIA — Missouri is encouraging residents to buy Energy Star appliances through a sales tax holiday starting April 19*.
Alana Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, promoted the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday on Wednesday at Downtown Appliance Home Center, 1104 E. Broadway.
The holiday runs through April 25. Customers can save at least 4.225 percent on new Energy Star-qualified purchases.
The city and Boone County decided to opt out of the holiday, so city, county and special district taxes still apply. The Columbia Mall Transportation Development District agreed to participate in the tax holiday, so qualifying purchases there will be exempt from special district taxes.
"When we did this last year, it was a huge hit," said Gene Lavely, a sales advisor at Downtown Appliance Home Center.
The sales tax holiday was created by Senate Bill 1181 and will be held annually until the bill expires at the end of 2013.
It can be used in conjunction with the energize Missouri rebate, also scheduled to begin April 19, offered by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Energy Star labeled appliances that qualify are:
- clothes washers
- water heaters
- air conditioners
- heat pumps
The tax exemption is on the first $1,500 for each appliance, after which the sales tax rate applies again. The appliance must meet Energy Star standards to qualify.