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 Connecticut and Maryland, you have an entire week to ax the tax. On the other hand, Florida has reduced their 2016 sales tax holiday from 10 to just 3 days.
Here are the dates to be aware of for the back to school sales tax holidays and tax free weekends.
Friday, July 29: Mississippi, Tennessee
Saturday, July 30: Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee
Sunday, July 31: Georgia, Tennessee
Friday, August 5: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana (2% rate reduction only), Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia
Saturday, August 6: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana (2% rate reduction only), Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia
Sunday, August 7: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas
Sunday, August 14: Maryland
Monday, August 15: Maryland
Tuesday, August 16: Maryland
Wednesday, August 17: Maryland
Thursday, August 18: Maryland
Friday, August 19: Maryland
Saturday, August 20: Maryland
Sunday, August 21: Connecticut
Monday, August 22: Connecticut
Tuesday, August 23: Connecticut
Wednesday, August 24: Connecticut
Thursday, August 25: Connecticut
Friday, August 26: Connecticut
Saturday, August 27: Connecticut
Friday, September 2: Louisiana & Mississippi Second Amendment & hunting supplies
Saturday, September 3: Louisiana & Mississippi Second Amendment & hunting supplies
Sunday, September 4: Louisiana & Mississippi Second Amendment & hunting supplies
Friday, September 30: Georgia Energy Star & WaterSense appliances
Saturday, October 1: Georgia Energy Star & WaterSense appliances
Sunday, October 2: Georgia Energy Star & WaterSense appliances
These states will NOT be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend this year:
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 2016 state sales tax holidays.