Tax Free Back to School Shopping

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Ready or not – Back to School shopping is beginning across the country!  That means that families have to find lots of great ways to save on those back to school supplies. Of course, if you can recycle from the prior year, that is great.  Unfortunately, some things — like clothes – are necessary to get the kids ready.

One great way to save is to take advantage of tax free shopping.  Many states offer select days and/or weekends where you can do some shopping and save a few dollars by not paying sales tax (exclusions apply, so read the fine print for your state).  Here is a list of the various states and the dates they will offer tax free shopping

Alabama  – August 3 – 5.  Includes:

  • Clothing under $100
  • School supplies under $50
  • Books under $30
  • Computers/computer equipment under $750

 

Arkansas – August 4 – 5.  Includes:

  • Clothing and footwear (priced at less than $100 per item)
  • Accessories (priced at less than $50 per item)
  • School supplies

Connecticut – August 19 – 25.  Includes:

  • Clothing under $300 per item
  • Shoes under $300 per item

 

Florida – August 3 – 5.  Includes:

  • Books, clothing, and footwear ($75 or less)
  • School supplies ($15 or less)

Iowa  – August 3 – 4.  Includes:

  • Clothing under $100
  • Shoes under $100
Louisiana – August 3 – 4.  Includes:
  • Purchases under $2,500
  • Excludes the purchase of taxable services, automobiles, and meals

 

Maryland – August 12 – 18. Includes:

  • Clothing priced at $100 or less
  • Footwear priced at $100 or less

Mississippi – July 27 – 28. Includes:

  • Clothing under $100
  • Shoes under $100

The Following Items Are Not Included in Mississippi’s Tax Free Weekend:

  • Accessories such as jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, backpacks, briefcases, and garment bags
  • Skis, swim fins, roller blades, skates, and other items that can be worn on the feet but do not qualify as “shoes”

Missouri – August 3 – 5.  Includes:

  • Clothing under $100
  • School supplies under $50
  • Computer software under $350
  • Computers/computer equipment under $3,500

New Mexico – August 3-5.  Includes:

  • Clothing up to $100
  • Computers up to $1,000
  • School supplies up to $15

North Carolina – August 3-5. Includes:

  • Clothing up to $100
  • School supplies up to $100
  • Instructional material up to $300
  • Computers up to $3,500
  • Other comp. up to $250
  • Sports equip up to $50

Oklahoma – August 3-5. Includes:

  • Clothing up to $100

South Carolina – August 3-5. Includes:

  • Clothing
  • School supplies
  • Computers
  • Other

Tennessee – August 3-5. Includes:

  • Clothing up to $100
  • School supplies up to $100
  • Computers up to $1,500

Texas – August 17 – 19.  Includes:

  • Clothing, backpacks and school supplies up to $100

Virginia – August 3-5. Includes:

  • Clothing up to $100
  • School Supplies up to $20

Make sure you carefully understand how your state’s tax calculation works.  Some areas are completely tax free and others might still charge the local, city or even county tax.