Sales Tax Holidays & Tax Free Weekend Dates

UPDATE APRIL 1, 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, 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

Open or Closed St. Patrick’s Day Friday March 17

Just a reminder: St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, 2017. I know you’re excited that St. Pattie’s Day falls on a Friday this year. This is great for parades and celebrations! Unfortunately, this probably doesn’t mean that you will get the day off from work or school. Although St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse for a party, it is not a federal or state holiday. This means it is usually not considered a holiday for the purpose of having special hours of operation. Most restaurants, stores, shopping centers and malls will be open regular hours on St. Patrick’s Day. To see whether a specific chain is open or closed, be sure to check our extensive list. Then, make your plans and put on some green. Everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Even though most retailers will not have special St. Patrick’s Day shopping hours, don’t think there won’t be plenty of “saving o’ the green” sales and restaurant deals! These days, March 17 is a lot more than eating corned beef and cabbage while drinking green beer! Many retailers and eateries now have St. Patrick’s Day specials, discounts, and events on or around the holiday. Check with your favorite places of business to see who is having the biggest and best shopping events in your area. Restaurant promotions usually involve traditional Irish menu items and drinks at reduced prices. If you’re going to be out celebrating, be smart and let someone else do the driving. Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2017, everyone!

Open or Closed Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday February 28

If you live along the Gulf Coast or are visiting, you’re no doubt aware that Mardi Gras Carnival season is here! Fat Tuesday 2017 happens on February 28th. Most stores and restaurants will be open with regular hours of operation on this day. However, some locations will be closing early for the parades. Other retailers and eateries will be closed for the entire day on Fat Tuesday so their employees can enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities. Trust me, Fat Tuesday is a big deal in this region! Not just in New Orleans, but also in Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Mobile, Pensacola, even as far east as Destin and Panama City!

As you may have noticed, the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday date this year (February 28) is later than in previous years. This is because Easter Sunday also comes late (April 16.) Fat Tuesday always occurs 40 days prior to Easter. One advantage of this is that Mardi Gras temperatures should be warmer, due to the later date. On the other hand, this means St. Patrick’s Day parades will be happening less than 3 weeks after Fat Tuesday. Come to think of it, that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Be sure to call ahead and confirm hours for your favorite shopping mall, store, or restaurant before heading out on Fat Tuesday. Have a great and safe Mardi Gras!