Tax-Free Weekends – When is Yours?

Hey all you couponers who live in states with sales tax – August marks the beginning of “sales tax holidays”….
Thanks to Living on the Cheap we’ve got a list of all 16 states who will be offering tax-free weekends!

Here is an alphabetical list of the sales tax holidays in August.
Click on the state name for details - Be sure and read all the fine print!

  • Alabama: August 3-5, 2012
    You can shop for four (4) kinds of items in Alabama over the three-day sales tax holiday and not pay sales tax. Those items are most normal clothing ($100), a single purchase of a computer ($750), school, art and teacher supplies ($50), and books with an ISBN number ($30). Note: Not every county and municipality participates. Check the link above for a downloadable list of items that qualify for tax-free shopping.
  • Arkansas: August 4-5, 2012
    Arkansas has a pretty comprehensive list of items that, should you buy them during this tax holiday, will not incur tax. These include clothing ($100), clothing accessories or equipment($50) and art supplies, instructional materials and school supplies (though I couldn’t find a price limit for these three categories).
  • Connecticut: August 19-25, 2012
    Connecticut’s shopping holiday is pretty straightforward;  you will not pay sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $300 during this period.
  • Florida: August 3-5, 2012
    No sales tax on clothing, footwear and some accessories costing less than $75, and certain school supplies selling for less than $15. You can find a comprehensive list of what qualifies for tax-free shopping on the Florida Department of Revenue website (linked to above).
  • Georgia: August 10-11, 2012
    Georgia shoppers are in luck. After not offering a sales tax holiday in 2010 or 2011, the state is offering two tax-free shopping days in August. Three kinds of purchases qualify: 1) clothing and footwear ($100) 2) computers ($1,000 for a single purchase) 3) school supplies ($20).
  • Iowa: August 3-4, 2012
    Iowa shoppers take note:  the Iowa sales tax holiday is on Friday and Saturday only and it is just for clothing and footwear costing $100 or less per item.
  • Louisiana: August 3-4, 2012
    During this tax holiday, up to $2,500 spent on nearly all consumer goods (except cars) will be tax-free. (Local and parish taxes still apply.)
  • Maryland: August 12-18, 2012
    You’ve got nearly a full week to shop tax-free in Maryland for items retailing for $100 or less. And what you can buy–and not pay sales tax–isn’t limited to school-related purchases. The list of tax-exempt items ranges from athletic socks to windbreakers.
  • Missouri: August 3-5, 2012
    Five kinds of purchases fall under the Missouri sales tax holiday umbrella. They are computers ($3,500), computer peripherals, such as printers ($3,500), computer software ($350), clothing ($100) and school supplies ($50).
  • New Mexico: August 3-5, 2012
    The following will be tax-free in New Mexico: school supplies ($30, up from $15 last year; go New Mexico!), clothing and shoes ($100), computer-related hardware ($500) and computers – desktop, laptop, notebook or tablet ($1,000).
  • North Carolina: August 3-5, 2012
    Here’s what’s on North Carolina’s list: clothing, footwear and school supplies ($100); school instructional materials ($300); sports and recreational equipment ($50); computers ($3,500); and computer supplies ($250).
  • Oklahoma: August 3-5, 2012
    Oklahoma’s state sales tax holiday applies to shoes and clothing ($100) only.
  • South Carolina: August 3-5, 2012
    In South Carolina, nearly anything you buy during the sales tax holiday will be exempt from the state’s regular 6% tax. However, check the state’s tax page via the link above to find a comprehensive list of what qualifies as a tax-free purchase and what doesn’t.
  • Tennessee: August 3-5, 2012
    You’ll avoid paying state sales tax when you purchase clothing ($100), school supplies ($100) and computers ($1,500) during the Tennessee sales tax holiday.
  • Texas: August 17-19, 2012
    In Texas purchases costing $100 or less —  clothing, backpacks and school supplies – all are tax-free.
  • Virginia: August 3-5, 2-12
    Only clothing ($100) and school supplies ($20) are eligible during Virginia’s state sales tax holiday.

Good luck and happy couponing!


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