2016 Tax Free Back to School Shopping Holiday / Weekend
One way that some states help families save money during back to school shopping is to offer sales tax holidays. This helps families save on things they need for their kids like supplies, clothes and even electronics.
Many states suspend the collection of state, county or local sales tax for a few days each summer. This can help families keep a bit more money in their own pockets when getting the items your child needs for school.
If you do plan on shopping on any of these dates, keep in mind that the stores will be very, very busy. It can be a scene similar to Black Friday when it comes to the number of people who shop. You have to decide if you want to deal with it or not by determining the savings.
For example, if sales tax is 10% where you live and you spend $600, you can save a total of $60. For some, it is not worth the chaos of shopping with that number of people. For others, it is well worth it. Only you can decide what works for you.
Below, you will find a sales tax map. To find out if your state participates, simply place your mouse on it. If the pointer shape changes then you are in luck! Your state participates and you can click to go directly to that states’s details including included and excluded items as well as the dates when the sales tax holiday will be offered.
You can also find a list of participating states below, along with some of the details you will need to know:
|Alabama||July 21 - 23, 2017||Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Arkansas||August 5 - 6, 2017||Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Connecticut||August 20 - 26, 2017||Connecticuit Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Florida||August 4 - 6, 2017||Florida Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Georgia||July 29 - 30, 2017||Georgia Sales Tax Holiday|
|Iowa||August 4 - 5, 2016||Iowa Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Louisiana||August 4 - 5, 2017||Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Maryland||August 13 - 19, 2017||Maryland Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Mississippi||July 28 - 29, 2017||Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Missouri||August 4 - 6, 2017||Missouri Sales Tax Holiday DetailsÌ´Ì_|
|New Mexico||August 4 - 6, 2017||New Mexico Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Ohio||August 4 - 6, 2017||Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Oklahoma||August 4 - 6, 2017||Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|South Carolina||August 4 - 6, 2017||South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Tennessee||July 28 - 30, 2017||Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Texas||August 11 - 13, 2017||Texas Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Virginia||August 4 - 6, 2017||Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Details|
*These states have not yet released details, but have participated in the past. The dates listed are based upon the same weekend/week from the prior year, but have not yet been confirmed. Please check back with your state to find out more details.