In less than two weeks, shoppers will get their annual tax break on back-to-school and other purchases.

South Carolina’s 13th annual Sales Tax Holiday will be observed this year at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 until midnight on Sunday, Aug. 5.

The state first implemented a tax-free weekend in 2000. Its popularity has made it the third-busiest shopping period of the year, after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, the state Department of Revenue said.

A benefit for local businesses is it urges taxpayers to do their back-to-school shopping locally, the department said.

During the holiday, taxes will not be imposed on clothing, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, printers, bedspreads and linens and more. Nonexempt items during the weekend include the sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, or items placed on layaway.

Portable devices whose function is primarily used for telephone calls, listening or downloading music, watching videos, or reading books, are not exempt.

However, with the growing popularity of computer tablets, portable devices that have computing functions are considered computers and are therefore tax-exempt, provided they do not allow users to make telephone calls, the Department of Revenue said.

More information on the exemption of computer tablets and the Sales Tax Holiday can be found at www.sctax.org under the “What’s New” section.