Tax Free Shopping Days, August 2013

Many states offer special days where they waive sales tax on certain items.  These days are usually in August and they are often marketed as a way to make school shopping more affordable.  In an unusual coincidence, the dates in most states fall this weekend.

States that are offering deals include:

State Items Dates Information
Alabama clothing – $100
computers – $750
school supplies – $50
books – $30
August 2-4 http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/
Arkansas clothing – $100
school supplies
August 3-4 http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/
Connecticut clothing and footwear – $300 August 18-24 http://www.ct.gov/
Florida school supplies – $15
clothing – $75
computer – $750
August 2-4 http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/
Georgia school supplies – $20
clothing – $100
computer – $1,000
August 9-10 https://etax.dor.ga.gov/
Iowa clothing – $100 August 2-3 http://www.iowaccess.org/tax/
Louisiana all TPP – $2,500 August 2-3 http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/
Maryland clothing & footwear-$100 August 11-17 http://www.marylandtaxes.com/
Massachusetts all – $2,500 August 10-11 http://www.mass.gov/dor/
Missouri clothing – $100
computers – $3,500
school supplies – $50
August 2-4 http://dor.mo.gov/
New Mexico clothing – $100
computers – $1,000
computer equip. – $500
school supplies – $30
August 2-4 http://www.tax.newmexico.gov
North Carolina clothing – $100
school supplies – $100
instructional material – $300
computers – $3,500
other comp. – $250
sports equip – $50
August 2-4 http://www.dornc.com/
Oklahoma clothing – $100 August 2-4 http://www.tax.ok.gov/
South Carolina clothing
school supplies
computers
other
August 2-4 http://www.sctax.org/
Tennessee clothing – $100
school supplies – $100
computers – $1,500
August 2-4 http://tn.gov/revenue/
Texas clothing, backpacks and school supplies- $100 August 9-11 http://www.window.state.tx.us/
Virginia clothing – $100
school supplies – $20
August 2-4 http://www.tax.virginia.gov/

I wouldn’t advocate shopping just because it is tax-free, but if you are planning to make a purchase, you might want to time it around the tax-free days.

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Kate Horrell
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  • Shannon
  • tkempa

    Shannon, that limit is per ITEM. So while a 75 dollar pair of sneakers would be tax free, and 80 dollar pair not. The same with the supplies. Any item less than 15 dollars is tax free.