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16 more tax holidays

By Kay Bell ·
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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Kay Bell
August 03, 2011 at 8:51 am

Lots of folks asking about tax holidays in their states. If you don't see it on this list, it's probably not happening, at least not in August. If I did one and you have a link to that state's back-to-school sales tax holiday website, please let me know and I'll share the info in a follow-up post. Thanks!

August 03, 2011 at 8:42 am

Of course Ohio's not doing it!!

Robin Adler
August 03, 2011 at 7:11 am

How about NY??

Tonya Maldonado
August 03, 2011 at 7:09 am

How come when i click Florida it gives me Connecticut, in the above links?

boo fisk
August 03, 2011 at 7:02 am

Wisconsin only knows how to take things away..not give..Union rights..Extended benefits for unemployment and the list goes on... :@{

debra bryant
August 03, 2011 at 6:49 am

re: tax break
What about New York?

D. Perkins
August 03, 2011 at 2:05 am

It figures that New York, one of the most expensive, and highest tax rate state to live in, doesn't have a tax break....come on!!!!!!!!!!!!give us a break!!!

Kay Bell
August 03, 2011 at 1:23 am

Sorry, Nilima. No sales tax holiday in Wisconsin this year.

nilima mehra
August 02, 2011 at 11:25 pm


August 02, 2011 at 9:34 pm

figures this lousey stinkin state wouldnt have tax free day so monye hungry