2019 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule by State

Looking for ways to save this back-to-school season? Mark your calendars! Here is the latest sales tax holiday schedule.

2019 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. Louisiana’s legislature accidentally canceled their annual sales tax holidays for the next several years. Oops.

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 (January 2019), but look for more information on specific dates in the future!

State2019 DatesItems ExemptMaximum Cost* (Per Item)
Alabama (Back to School)Not Released (Typically end of July)



Computers$750
Clothing$100
School Supplies$50
Books$30
Alabama (Hurricane Preparedness)2/22 - 2/24Supplies$60
Generators$1,000
ArkansasNot Released (Typically beginning of August)


Clothing and Footwear$100
Clothing Accessories and Equipment$50
School Supplies, School Art Supplies and School Instructional MaterialsNo Limit
ConnecticutNot Released (Typically mid-August)
Clothing and Footwear$100
Florida (Disaster Preparedness)Not Released (Typically early June)





Portable generators$750
Bungee Cords, Anchor Systems, Radios, Tie-Down Kits, etc.
$50
Batteries and Coolers
$30
Gas and Diesel Fuel Containers$25
Portable Self-Powered Light Source
$20
Reusable Ice
$10
Florida (Back to School)Not Released (Typically early August)

Bags, Clothing, Footwear and Wallets
$60
Other School Supplies
$15
Iowa8/2 - 8/3Clothing and Footwear$100
Maryland (Back to School)8/11 - 8/17Clothing and Footwear$100
Backpacks$40
Maryland (Go Green)2/16 - 2/18Qualifying Energy Star Products
No Limit
Mississippi (Back to School)7/26 - 7/27Clothing and Footwear$100
Mississippi (Firearms)Not Released (Typically late August/early September)
Firearms, Ammunition, and Hunting Supplies
No Limit
Missouri (Energy Star)4/19 - 4/25Energy Star Products$1500
Missouri (Back to School)8/2 - 8/4Computers and Accessories$1500
Computer Software$350
Clothing$100
School Supplies$50
Graphing Calculators$150
New Mexico (Back to School)Not Released (Typically early August)



Computers$1000
Computer Hardware$500
Clothing and Footwear$100
School Supplies$30
New Mexico (Small Business)Thanksgiving WeekendSelect Items from Small Businesses$500
Ohio8/2 - 8/4Clothing$75
School Supplies$20
School Instructional Materials$20
Oklahoma8/2 - 8/4Clothing$100
South CarolinaNot Released (Typically early August)
Clothing, Footwear, School Supplies, Bed and Bath Linens, and Computers
No Limit
Tennessee7/26 - 7/28

Computers$1500
School Supplies$100
Clothing$100
Texas (Energy Star)5/26 - 5/28 (2019)Energy Star Air Conditioners$6000
Other Energy Star Products
$2000
Texas (Back to School)8/9 - 8/11
Clothing, Footwear, Backpacks and School Supplies$100
Texas (Emergency Preparedness)4/27 - 4/29 (2019)
Portable Generators
$3000
Emergency Ladders and Hurricane Shutters
$300
Select Other Emergency Supplies
$75
Virginia (Combined)8/2 - 8/4Portable Generators
$1000
Gas-Powered Chainsaws
$350
Chainsaw Accessories
$60
Other Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
$60
Energy Star and WaterSense Products$2500
Clothing and Footwear
$100
School Supplies
$20

* 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.

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