July 27, 2017 in Taxes

Shop these sales-tax holidays to save on back-to-school

Kids may not be eager to go back to school just yet, but their families sure do love back-to-school sales tax holidays.

More than a dozen states have put these popular events on the summer 2017 calendar, spanning a weekend or more. During the holidays, states make typical back-to-school purchases exempt from sales taxes.

The most common tax-free items are clothing and school supplies. But some states offer broad definitions of what’s school-related, meaning shoppers could save substantial taxes on computers, along with related hardware and software.

Be sure to pay attention to the details. The individual states set precise rules on what is and isn’t tax-free, plus they offer guidance on rain checks, layaways and your ability to use coupons for extra savings. To cut your back-to-school costs even more, make your purchases on a cash-back credit card.


Alabama

Sales tax holiday: July 21-23


Arkansas

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 5-6


Connecticut

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 20-26


Florida

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


Iowa

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-5


Louisiana

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-5


Maryland

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 13-19


Mississippi

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


Missouri

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


New Mexico

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


Ohio

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


Oklahoma

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


South Carolina

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6


Tennessee

Sales tax holiday: July 28-30


Texas

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 11-13


Virginia

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 4-6