2013 State Sales Tax Holidays

by Michael on Jul 19, 2013 · 2 comments

Photo of Tax Buttons on Cash Register

It’s that time of year again… Time to think about back-to-school shopping. And you know what that means, don’t you?

Time for a state sales tax holiday!

While five states have no sales tax whatsoever, those of us who live elsewhere aren’t so lucky. But in 17 of the states that do have a sales tax, you get a short reprieve for certain types of purchases every summer.

What follows is a state-by-state listing of sales tax holidays along with a summary of what’s included in each case and a link to official guidance from each state.

Sales tax holidays

Alabama: August 2-4. Books up to $30/item, clothing up to $100/item, computers up to $750/item, school supplies up to $50/item. (link)

Arkansas: August 3-4. Clothing up to $100/item, school supplies. (link)

Connecticut: August 18-24. Clothing and footwear up to $300/item. (link)

Florida: August 2-4. Clothing up to $75/item, computers up to $750/item, school supplies up to $15/item. (link)

Georgia: August 9-10. Clothing up to $100/item, computers up to $1,000/item, school supplies up to $20/item. (link)

Iowa: August 2-3. Clothing up to $100/item. (link)

Louisiana: August 2-3. All “tangible personal property” up to $2,500/item. (link)

Maryland: August 11-17. Clothing and footwear up to $100/item. (link)

Mississippi: July 26-27. Clothing and footwear up to $100/item. (link)

Missouri: August 2-4. Clothing up to $100/item, computers up to $3,500/item, school supplies up to $50/item.(link)

New Mexico: August 2-4. Clothing up to $100/item, computers up to $1,000/item, computer equipment up to $500/item, school supplies up to $30/item. (link)

North Carolina: August 2-4. Clothing up to $100/item, computers up to $3,500/item, computer supplies up to $250/item, instructional materials up to $300/item, school supplies up to $30/item, sports equipment up to $50/item. (link)

Oklahoma: August 2-4. Clothing up to $100/item. (link)

South Carolina: August 2-4. Clothing and accessories, footwear, computers and related equipment, linens (bed & bath), school supplies. (link)

Tennessee: August 2-4. Clothing up to $100/item, computers up to $1,500/item, school supplies up to $100/item. (link)

Texas: August 9-11. Backpacks, clothing, and school supplies up to $100/item. (link)

Virginia: August 2-4. Clothing and footwear up to $100/item, school supplies up to $20/item. (link)

This should be a complete list, though it’s possible that I missed something. If you see any errors or omissions, please let me know and I’ll update it asap.

Please note that I’ve focused here on back-to-school holidays. A few states have sales tax holidays at other times of year for things like energy efficient appliances, hunting supplies, and hurricane preparedness.

And finally, a word of caution…

Just because you’re not paying sales tax doesn’t mean you’re getting a deal. Some merchants might, for example, take advantage of the buzz caused by the sales tax holiday and suspend sales/discounts during the promo period. Buyer beware.


1 Midlife Finance July 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I live in one of the state with no sales tax. It’s nice, but our income tax sucks. I’d rather have sales tax and no state income tax.

2 SB @ One Cent at a Time July 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

thanks, being in Florida, looking forward to do some shopping on Aug 2-4

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