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Sales Tax Holidays & Tax Free Weekend Dates

UPDATE MARCH 24, 2017: This year’s sales tax holidays have yet to be finalized. Various state legislatures are still in session, determining if and when a tax free weekend will be held in their state. We will update as information becomes available.

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. There are other dates throughout the year when various items may be sold tax-free or at a reduced sales tax rate.

Here are the 2017 dates for sales tax holidays and tax free weekends:

Saturday, April 22: Texas (generators, storm devices, emergency preparedness items)
Sunday, April 23: Texas (generators, storm devices, emergency preparedness items)
Monday, April 24: Texas (generators, storm devices, emergency preparedness items)

Friday, July 28: Mississippi, Tennessee
Saturday, July 29: Mississippi, Tennessee
Sunday, July 30: Tennessee

Friday, August 4: Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana (2% rate reduction only), Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, Virginia
Saturday, August 5: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana (2% rate reduction only), Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, Virginia
Sunday, August 6: Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, Virginia

Friday, August 11: Texas
Saturday, August 11: Texas
Sunday, August 13: Maryland, Texas
Monday, August 14: Maryland
Tuesday, August 15: Maryland
Wednesday, August 16: Maryland
Thursday, August 17: Maryland
Friday, August 18: Maryland
Saturday, August 19: Maryland

Sunday, August 20: Connecticut
Monday, August 21: Connecticut
Tuesday, August 22: Connecticut
Wednesday, August 23: Connecticut
Thursday, August 24: Connecticut
Friday, August 25: Connecticut, Mississippi Second Amendment (hunting supplies)
Saturday, August 26: Connecticut, Mississippi Second Amendment (hunting supplies)
Sunday, August 27: Mississippi Second Amendment (hunting supplies)

Friday, September 1: Louisiana Second Amendment (hunting supplies)
Saturday, September 2: Louisiana Second Amendment(hunting supplies)
Sunday, September 3: Louisiana Second Amendment(hunting supplies)

These states have not yet announced a 2017 sales tax holiday or tax free weekend:

Alaska (no state sales tax), Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware (no state sales tax), Florida, Georgia, 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, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon (no state sales tax), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Canada Sales Tax Holiday & Tax Free Weekend?

To the best of my knowledge, there are no sales tax holidays or tax free weekends in Canada. Shoppers will pay the normal rate of tax on all goods and services. However, there is no provincial sales tax (PST) in the provinces of Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. The national Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 5% does apply, however. Some provinces use a single Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) rate.

For quick reference, here are the current sales tax rates for Canadian provinces:

ALBERTA: 0% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 5%. (There is a 4% provincial tax on hotel/motel rooms and other forms of lodging.)

BRITISH COLUMBIA: 7% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 12%.

MANITOBA: 7% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 12%.

NEW BRUNSWICK: 8% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate of 13% HST.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: 8% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate of 13% HST.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: 0% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 5%.

NOVA SCOTIA: 10% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate of 15% HST.

NUNAVUT: 0% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 5%.

ONTARIO: 8% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate of 13% HST.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: 10% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate of 15.5% effective HST. (PST is also applied to the 5% GST.)

QUEBEC: 9.5% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate of 14.975% HST. (PST is also applied to the 5% GST.)

SASKATCHEWAN: 5% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 10%. Additional 10% liquor consumption tax. Food sold in restaurants is not taxed.

YUKON: 0% PST, 5% GST. Total combined rate = 5% GST.

Even though there are no Canadian sales tax holidays, many stores will be holding back to school sales. Also, don’t forget the August Civic Holiday and Long Weekend sales on Monday, August 7, 2017.

For Canadians who live close to the U.S. border, remember that Montana and New Hampshire do not have a sales tax. Also, there is no tax on clothing, shoes, and other footwear in Minnesota.