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Back-to-School Deals: State Sales Tax Holidays

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 4, 2010 · 2 comments

state sales tax holidayDoes your state do a sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping? If you're not sure, I've put together a list of participating states and the items included. There may be additional restrictions and locales not participating, so be sure to click on the link for the official state site.

:: Alabama, 8/6-8/8

Alabama's state tax holiday includes clothing priced at $100 or less; computers, software & supplies priced at $750 or less per item; and school supplies priced $50 or less.

:: Connecticut, 8/15-8/21

Connecticut's state tax holiday includes clothing & footwear priced at less than $300 per item.

:: Florida, 8/13-8/15

Florida's state tax holiday includes nooks, wallets, bags and clothing priced at $50 or less and school supplies priced$10 or less.

:: Illinois, 8/6-8/15

Illinois's state tax holiday includes reduced sales and use tax rate of 1.25% on clothing items priced at $100 or less and school supplies.

:: Iowa, 8/6-8/7

Iowa's state tax holiday includes clothing & footwear priced at $100 or less per item.

:: Louisiana, 8/6- 8/7

All items less than $2,500 for personal use exempt from 4% State Rate. Local rates still apply.

:: Maryland, 8/8-8/14

Clothing and footwear sold in Maryland and priced at $100 or less are exempt.

:: Missouri, 8/6-8/8

Missouri's state tax holiday includes clothing & footwear priced at $100 or less; school supplies priced at $50 or less per item; computer software priced at $350 or less; and personal computers or peripheral devices priced at $3,500 or less.

:: New Mexico, 8/6-8/8

New Mexico's state tax holiday includes clothing & footwear priced at $100 or less per item; school supplies priced at $15 or less per item; computers priced at $1000 or less; and computer equipment priced at $500 or less.

:: North Carolina, 8/6-8/8

North Carolina's state tax holiday includes clothing, footwear & school supplies priced at $100 or less per item; sports & recreation equipment priced at $50 or less per item; school instructional materials priced at $300 or less; computer supplies priced at $250 or less per item; and computers priced at $3,500 or less.

:: Oklahoma, 8/6-8/8

Oklahoma's state tax holiday includes clothing and shoes priced at $100 or less.

:: South Carolina, 8/6-8/8

South Carolina's state tax holiday includes clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, and select linens.

:: Tennessee, 8/6-8/8

Tennessee's state tax holiday includes clothing priced at $100 or less; school supplies priced at $100 or less; and computers priced at $1,500 or less.

:: Texas, 8/20-8/22

Texas's state tax holiday includes clothing, footwear, backpacks and school supplies priced at $100 or less.

:: Virginia, 8/6-8/8

Virginia's state tax holiday includes school supplies priced at $20 or less and clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less.less per item.

Are there any purchases you plan to make during the sales tax holiday?

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1 Colleen August 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Already reserved my MacBook Pro from Apple! They also have a deal going on when you buy a computer, you can send in a rebate for an ipod touch(up to 199, and you have to buy the computer for educational purposes) and a printer(up to 99). What a fantastic deal!!! We'll have to pay tax on the ipod touch, but nothing else. Also, my hubby works for an IT company that gives discounts on Macs!

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2 Peggy August 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I live on the border of Missouri in Kansas. We were planning to go to Joplin for this weekend's no sales tax. Which, after I checked the state website states that the county and the city are not participating. So only a very small percentage is state sales tax. It's not worth the drive or the aggravation of fighting the crowds of people who think they are getting no sales tax because they didn't research. When these people get to the register they are going to be ticked and questioning why they had sales tax added. No thanks, I'd rather wait til it's over and shop on a weekday, sales tax and all. Also I've been watching the local news very closely (different channels) and not one of them has mentioned the no sales tax weekend or that not everyone is participating.

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