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16 more tax holidays

By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Posted: 10 am ET

Summer is almost over. That means back-to-school sales tax holidays.

This August, 17 states are trying to encourage shoppers by exempting certain products from state and in some cases local sales taxes. Mississippi kicked off tax holiday season last weekend. Eleven more states hold their tax-free shopping days this coming weekend. Five more state events are later this month.

Clothing, shoes and school supplies are the most frequently exempted items. Some locations, however, give purchasers a tax break on computers.

State tax officials are specific about what is tax-free (or not) and what spending limits apply. Be sure to check with your state's tax department before heading to the mall.

Below is an alphabetical list of the states holding sales tax holidays this month, the items that qualify for tax-free treatment and the price thresholds.

Alabama, Aug. 5-7: Clothing priced at $100 or less; computers, computer software and school computer supplies costing $750 or less; school supplies and school art supplies priced at $50 or less; and books sold for $30 or less.

Arkansas, Aug. 6-7: Clothing and footwear, less than $100; clothing accessories, less than $50; school supplies and school art supplies, no price threshold.

Connecticut, Aug. 21-27: Clothing and footwear, less than $300.

Florida, Aug. 12-14: Clothing, $75 or less; school supplies, $15 or less.

Iowa, Aug. 5-6: Clothing and footwear, less than $100.

Louisiana, Aug. 5-6: Most items costing $2,500 or less.

Maryland, Aug. 14-20: Clothing and footwear, $100 or less.

Massachusetts, Aug. 13-14: Most items costing less than $2,500.

Missouri, Aug. 5-7: Clothing, $100 or less; school supplies, $50 or less; computer software, $350 or less; computers and peripheral devices, $3,500 or less.

New Mexico, Aug. 5-7: Clothing and footwear, less than $100; desktop, laptop or notebook computers, less than $1,000; computer hardware, less than $500; school supplies, less than $15.

North Carolina, Aug. 5-7: Clothing and footwear, $100 or less; school supplies, $100 or less; sports and recreation equipment, $50 or less; computers, $3,500 or less; computer supplies, $250 or less; reference books, textbooks and workbooks, $300 or less.

Oklahoma, Aug. 5-7: Clothing and footwear, less than $100

South Carolina, Aug. 5-7: Clothing and footwear, school supplies, books, book bags, lunchboxes, computers, printers, software and dorm-related expenses such as towels, comforters, linens and pillows; no price limits.

Tennessee, Aug. 5-7: Clothing and footwear, $100 or less; school supplies, $100 or less; computers, $1,500 or less

Texas, Aug. 19-21; Clothing and footwear, less than $100; school supplies, book bags and lunchboxes, less than $100

Virginia, Aug. 5-7: Clothing and footwear, $100 or less; school supplies $20 or less

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26 Comments
ANDY
August 08, 2011 at 9:47 pm

RIGHT ON FRANK....YOUR REMARKS ON THE U.S.A. ECONOMY WOULD BE IN ALOT BETTER SHAPE, IF ALL AMERICANS ONLY BOUGHT EVERYTHING POSSIBLE(INCLUDED EVERYTHING) CARS,FOOD,ESSENIALS IN EVERY WAY !!
YOU KNOW, OLE'SAM WALTON IS FIPPING OVER,AND OVER DUE TO HIS
ENTERPRISE IS SO--SHELVEFED WITH ALMOST ALL THEIR PRODUCTS COMING
FROM OTHER COUNTRIES !!!!!!!! THANKS,ANDY (TENNESSEE)

Nick Diane
August 04, 2011 at 1:20 pm

We are the United States of Ameria, All of the Great States that Make up Our Very Privilaged Nation, should be allowed to take advantage of the tax break that comes around every year helping everyone in America. This not only stimulates the economy but it gives the many families the much help needed to get their kid's shiney,ready, and new; refreshed and excited to go back to school. Please do not let this be taken away from any State in our GREAT NATION, ESPECIALLY IN THIS MUCH NEEDED TIME OF FINANCIAL:HELP/BREAKS. NOT ONLY DOES IT HELP THE FAMILIES, IT MAKES THE ONES GOING BACK TO SCHOOL; DO SO WITH MORE EXCITEMENT AND MORE EAGER TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS FROM BEING OFF OF SCHOOL THROUGHT THE SUMMER BREAK. FAMILIES HAVE MANY HIGH ENERGY BILLS TO PAY DUE TO THE HEAT AMERICA HAS BEEN ENDURING. EXCUSE THE MISTAKES PLEASE, I HAVE HAD NO SLEEP DUE TO PHYSICAL SITUATIONS. WE ALL NEED TO STICK TOGETHER AND KEEP AMERICA STRONG IN OUR SCHOOLS AND IN OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND IN THEIR PARENT'S JOB SECURITY. THE TAX BREAK NOT ONLY SAVES THE FAMILIES MONEY TO PAY OTHER MUCH NEEDED BILLS THAT NEED OUR ATTENTION, I.E. ELECTRICITY, WATER, GAS, MORTAGES, RENT, WHATEVER TO STIMULATE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN OUR NATION AND PEOPLE. THIS ALSO HELPS KEEP OUR PEOPLE STRONG AND MORAL UP IN WAYS WE DO NOT EVEN IMAGINE. SO PLEASE, MAKE THIS BE SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES TO GO ONE EVERY YEAR, IN EVERY STATE.

Dawn
August 04, 2011 at 11:07 am

New York State is not a good state to live in . We are Tax poor

frank
August 04, 2011 at 10:35 am

Whats the difference. Most people will go buy made in china and every other foreign piece of junk. Only American made products should be tax exempt. Blame yourself for your economy every time you put a foreign product in your cart. Wake up and realize what you are doing. For anyone that wants to claim you can't. You do not even try to find made in U.S.A.