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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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Nick Diane
August 04, 2011 at 10:32 am

My wife and I spoke w/a friend of ours that has moved to Kentucky to help her son and Daugher-in-law take care of their 2 kiddo's. School starts in a week. We are supposed to be "The United States of America" not the "Divided States of America". School starts all over the same time for all kids, and in this very difficult time of finances, everyone should be getting the same break on getting their kids back to school. What has happened to Our Country? We are a Republic, One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for All, A Nation that Our Forefathers Fought so very Hard for us to be what we are,and that is a Country run by the people for the people, what is going on that we do not know? It does no good to get a tax break weeks after school starts, or even None at all, especially in the States that need help the most. What is that slogan about if you can't take care of your own, you should not be taking care of others yet? It makes alot of sense.Definitely Vote, that is one of the precious rights that Our Country was founded on. And the people that have MEGA MONEY...Help the less fortunate however they can. Donations, etc.

jose lopez
August 04, 2011 at 10:23 am

I should of known that OHIO the Prison State is no part of a helping state towards the help of our youth, but they are quick to ask for help for all the crime we have here and make sure you play the lottory so the mayority of the money go towards our children in our state. As you can see the state of OHIO has prove that they do not care for the residents here, they only care about the state government getting bigger. If you are planning to move to a democratic state such as Ohio you are searching for trouble even if you are poor, the justice system will make sure they put you under the radar, so go ahead if you reading visisting is not worth it, let alone moving here.
90 % of the people got a felonie of a misderminour, so if yo feel that you must ruin your record be my guess!!!!
you be stuck like some of us that just came to visit from the big apple.

August 04, 2011 at 9:16 am

Of course not Ny to money hungry!

August 04, 2011 at 9:14 am

Of course not NY Griffo is to money hungry he will never do no tax cuts.

August 04, 2011 at 9:09 am

Of course not NY Griffo is to money hungry

August 04, 2011 at 9:00 am

Keep telling my family i wanna move south. NY sucks its the worst state to live in there is. Of course theres no taxe
breaks here Griffo is to money hungry.

August 04, 2011 at 8:58 am

rob u r right ny is cheap i work for them jerks!

August 04, 2011 at 8:32 am

Rob u r right NY is cheap n i work for the jerks!!!

August 03, 2011 at 9:54 am

Ofcourse NY doesn't have it, state is to cheap!

Julie B
August 03, 2011 at 9:37 am

Wisconsin is not taking part but Kohl's is. You save an extra 7% on any purchases Aug. 5-7. There may be other stores as well???