Back-to-school sales tax holidays

Mark your calendar -- 17 states give shoppers a break from taxes on select school supplies on these dates.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 12, 2012 6:20PM

This post comes from Cameron Huddleston at partner site Kiplinger.

 

Kiplinger on MSN MoneyFor most of you, it probably seems too soon to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. But in just a few weeks, several states will be offering their annual sales tax holidays on purchases of clothing, school supplies or computers. Shopping on these days can be a good way to save a little money.

 

Image: Mother and daughter with shopping bags (© Big Cheese Photo/SuperStock)Seventeen states will have sales tax holidays this year -- and 12 of those will fall on the first weekend of August, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. Georgia returns to the list of states offering tax breaks this year after canceling its sales tax holiday in 2010 because of a budget deficit.

 

See the list below to find out which states will have sales tax holidays and when. The dollar limits listed are per item.

 

July

Mississippi: July 27-28. Purchases of clothing and footwear (less than $100) are exempt from sales tax. Details here (.pdf file). (Post continues below video.)

August

Alabama: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing ($100 or less), computers ($750), school supplies ($50) and books ($30) are exempt. See a complete list of tax-exempt items (.pdf file).

Arkansas: Aug. 4-5. Purchases of clothing (less than $100), school supplies and other items are exempt. See a complete list of tax-exempt items (.pdf file).

Connecticut: Aug. 19-25. Purchases of clothing and footwear (less than $300) are exempt. Details here.

Florida: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing ($75 or less) and school supplies ($15) are exempt. See a complete list of tax-exempt items (.pdf file).

Georgia: Aug. 10-11. Purchases of clothing ($100 or less), computers ($1,000) and school supplies ($20) are exempt. Details here (.pdf file).

Iowa: Aug. 3-4. Purchases of clothing and footwear (less than $100) are exempt. See a complete list of tax-exempt items.

Louisiana: Aug. 3-4. The first $2,500 of the purchase price of an item is exempt. Details here.

Maryland: Aug. 12-18. Purchases of clothing and footwear ($100 or less) exempt. Details here.

Missouri: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing ($100 or less), computers ($3,500) and school supplies ($50) are exempt. Details here.

New Mexico: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing (less than $100), computers ($1,000) and school supplies ($30) exempt. Details here (.pdf file).

North Carolina: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing ($100 or less), computers ($3,500), school supplies ($100) and sports equipment ($50) are exempt. Details here.

Oklahoma: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing and footwear (less than $100) are exempt. See a list of tax-exempt items (.pdf file).

South Carolina: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing, computers and school supplies exempt. See a list of tax-exempt items (.pdf file).

Tennessee: Aug. 3-5. Purchases of clothing ($100 or less), computers ($1,500) and school supplies ($100) are exempt. Details here.

Texas: Aug. 17-19. Purchases of clothing, footwear, backpacks and school supplies priced under $100 are exempt. See a list of tax-exempt items.

Virginia: Aug 3-5. Purchases of clothing and footwear ($100 or less) and school supplies ($20) are exempt. See a list of tax-exempt items.

 

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