When we talk about “holidays” here on HolidayShoppingHours.com, it’s usually in reference to holiday hours at your favorite stores and restaurants. But there’s a different sort of “holiday” coming up that you’ll want to be aware of.
In late July and throughout August, many states hold back to school sales tax holidays or tax free weekends. During specific dates, certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax being collected. Typically, the eligible items include clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Some states also allow computers and computer accessories as tax-free items. In Louisiana, you can purchase pretty much anything up to $2,500 except vehicles and pay no tax! In Connecticut and Maryland, the savings aren’t nearly as generous, but you do have an entire week to ax the tax. For 2015, Florida has expanded their sales tax holiday from 3 to TEN consecutive days!
Here are the dates to be aware of for the 2015 back to school sales tax holidays and tax free weekends.
Friday, July 31: Georgia, Mississippi
Saturday, August 1: Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi
Sunday, August 2: Arkansas
Friday, August 7: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Saturday, August 8: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Sunday, August 9: Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Monday, August 10: Florida, Maryland
Tuesday, August 11: Florida, Maryland
Wednesday, August 12: Florida, Maryland
Thursday, August 13: Florida, Maryland
Friday, August 14: Florida, Maryland
Saturday, August 15: Florida, Maryland
Sunday, August 16: Connecticut, Florida
Monday, August 17: Connecticut
Tuesday, August 18: Connecticut
Wednesday, August 19: Connecticut
Thursday, August 20: Connecticut
Friday, August 21: Connecticut
Saturday, August 22: Connecticut
These states will NOT be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2015:
Alaska (no state sales tax), Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware (no state sales tax), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana (no state sales tax), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire (no state sales tax), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon (no state sales tax), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Several stores hold special sales to coincide with the back to school sales tax holiday. Kohl’s, Walmart, Target, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Sports Authority, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Dillard’s, hhgregg, Belk, Best Buy, Shoe Carnival, Famous Footwear, Sears, Kmart, Old Navy, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Stein Mart, Sears, JCPenney, Kmart, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Trader Joe’s, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Bergner’s, Bon-Ton, The Boston Store, Younkers, and Elder-Beerman are all good places to look for back to school deals during the state sales tax holidays.