Looking for ways to save this back-to-school season? Mark your calendars! Here is the latest sales tax holiday schedule.
Each year, several states in the U.S. have a sales tax holiday weekend–or sometimes a whole week! Some states offer two or three different sales tax holidays over the year, often focused on different types of items. Sales tax holidays are an especially big hit around back-to-school season. They are a great way to save as you stock up on school supplies or outfit your kids for the coming school year.
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Since we first published this article, we’ve seen some changes in sales tax holidays. Georgia and North Carolina dropped their programs, and several states added or expanded theirs.
This schedule gives you the latest information on sales tax holidays nationwide. A few of the states have not released their sales tax holiday dates as of this update (July 2018), but look for more information on specific dates in the future!
State 2018 Dates Items Exempt Maximum Cost* (Per Item)
Alabama (Back to School) 7/20 - 7/22 Computers $750
School Supplies $50
Alabama (Hurricane Preparedness) 2/23 - 2/25 Supplies $60
Arkansas 8/4 - 8/5 Clothing and Footwear $100
Clothing Accessories and Equipment $50
School Supplies, School Art Supplies and School Instructional Materials No Limit
Connecticut Dates Forthcoming Clothing and Footwear $100
Florida (Wealth Preparedness) 6/1 - 6/7 Portable generators $750
Bungee Cords, Anchor Systems, Radios, Tie-Down Kits, etc.
Batteries and Coolers
Gas and Diesel Fuel Containers $25
Portable Self-Powered Light Source
Florida (Back to School) 8/3 - 8/5 Bags, Clothing, Footwear and Wallets
Other School Supplies
Iowa 8/3 - 8/4 Clothing and Footwear $100
Louisiana (Hurricane Preparedness) 5/27 - 5/28 Hurricane Preparedness Items $1500
Louisiana (Personal Property) Dates Forthcoming Tangible Personal Property $2500
Louisiana (Firearms) Dates Forthcoming Firearms, Ammunition and Hunting Supplies
Note that Louisiana tax sales reduce state sales tax to three percent rather than getting rid of it altogether.
Maryland (Back to School) 8/12 - 8/18 Clothing and Footwear $100
Maryland (Go Green) 2/17 - 2/19 Qualifying Energy Star Products
Mississippi (Back to School) 7/28 - 7/29 Clothing and Footwear $100
Mississippi (Firearms) 8/31 - 9/2 Firearms, Ammunition, and Hunting Supplies
Missouri (Energy Star) 4/19 - 4/25 Energy Star Products $1500
Missouri (Back to School) 8/3 - 8/5 Computers and Accessories $1500
Computer Software $350
School Supplies $50
Graphing Calculators $150
New Mexico (Back to School) Dates Forthcoming Computers $1000
Computer Hardware $500
Clothing and Footwear $100
School Supplies $30
New Mexico (Small Business) Thanksgiving Weekend Select Items from Small Businesses $500
Ohio 8/3 - 8/5 Clothing $75
School Supplies $20
School Instructional Materials $20
Oklahoma 8/3 - 8/5 Clothing $100
South Carolina 8/3 - 8/5 Clothing, Footwear, School Supplies, Bed and Bath Linens, and Computers
School Supplies $100
Texas (Energy Star) 5/26 - 5/28 (2019) Energy Star Air Conditioners $6000
Other Energy Star Products
Texas (Back to School) 8/10 - 8/12
Clothing, Footwear, Backpacks and School Supplies $100
Texas (Emergency Preparedness) 4/27 - 4/29 (2019)
Emergency Ladders and Hurricane Shutters
Select Other Emergency Supplies
Virginia (Combined) 8/3 - 8/5 Portable Generators
Other Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
Energy Star and WaterSense Products $2500
Clothing and Footwear
Wisconsin 8/1 - 8/5
School Computer Supplies
* The spend limit is for each item sold. This means you can buy multiple items and pay no sales tax as long as each one is below the limit set by the state.