Tax-free August food ... tax-free gun safety incentives well into 2023

Monday, Aug. 1, begins a month-long sales tax holiday on food items in the state of Tennessee. From 12:01 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1, to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, food and food ingredients may be purchased tax free, according to a press release from the state Department of Revenue.

State officials also are offering a roughly one-year sales tax holiday extension for gun safes and gun safety devices, currently ongoing and set to expire at 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2023. According to Tennessee Department of Revenue, “a ‘gun safe’ is defined as a locking container or other enclosure equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other locking device that is designed and intended for the secure storage of one or more firearms.”

A ‘gun safety device’ is defined as “any integral device to be equipped or installed on a firearm that permits the user to program the firearm to operate only for specified persons, designated by the user through computerized locking devices or other means integral to and permanently part of the firearm.”