By Eric K. Ward | The Nerve
COLUMBIA — When the clock ticks past midnight Thursday, South Carolina‘s 13th annual back-to-school sales tax holiday begins.
Tax-free shopping ends at midnight Sunday.
In mainstream media coverage of the tax-free weekend, certain themes have developed: The back-to-school sales tax holiday saves consumers money, boosts retail sales and stimulates economic activity.
The South Carolina Department of Revenue, where frequently asked questions about tax-free weekend tend to go, helps perpetuate these ideas.