Is Your State’s Tax-Free Holiday This Weekend? Here’s How to Find Out

Ace high inflation persist, 85% shoppers are feeling the pain when doing their back-to-school shopping, according to a recent CNET survey.

If you’re looking for ways to save money during the coming season, find out if your state is offering a tax-free period this summer. Also known as sales tax holidays, these weekend or week-long events eliminate or reduce state (and sometimes local) sales tax for certain shopping categories. This year’s list of items includes books, computers, clothing and athletic gear, with 18 states participating overall (not counting the five states that never charge sales tax).

Check out the map and state-by-state descriptions below to find out if your state is hosting a sales tax holiday, when it’s happening and what items are tax-free. (Tax holidays in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee have already passed.)

For more ways to save money, find out if your state is offering a gas tax holiday or shipping tax rebate checks.

Tax-free dates and deals, by state

Dates: July 15 to 17, 2002 (passed)

Tax-free items:

  • Most clothing under $100 — including pants, shirts, shoes, coats and school uniforms — as well as diapers.
  • Sports and recreational equipment and clothing accessories are not included in the tax-free weekend.

Dates: Aug. 6 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • School accessories: $50 or less per item
  • Computers and selected school supplies
  • View the full list of items on the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration website

Dates: Aug. 21 to 27, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item, excluding athletic gear and uniforms
  • View the full list of items on the Connecticut Department of Revenue website

Dates: July 25 to Aug. 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $60 or less per item
  • Select accessories: $60 or less per item
  • School supplies: $15 or less per item
  • Computers: Tax-free for the first $1,000 spent
  • View the full list of items on the Florida Department of Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 14, 2022

Reduced-tax items

  • School supplies and clothing items totaling under $125 will receive a 5% sales tax reduction
  • View the full list of items on the Illinois Department of Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 6, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item, excluding athletic gear, backpacks and handbags
  • View the full list of items on the Iowa Department of Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 14 to 20, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • Backpacks: Tax-free for the first $40 spent
  • View the full list of items on the Comptroller of Maryland website

Dates: Aug. 13 to 14, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Retail items purchased for personal use (business purchases excluded): $2,500 or less, excluding meals, motor vehicles, motorboats, gas, electricity, tobacco, marijuana products and alcoholic beverages).
  • View the full list of items on the Massachusetts Department of Revenue website

Dates: July 29 to 30, 2022 (passed)

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • School supplies: $100 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the Mississippi Department of Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item
  • School supplies: $50 or less per item
  • Computer software: $350 or less per item
  • Personal computers: $1,500 or less per item
  • Graphing calculators: $150 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the Missouri Department of Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • Computers: $1,000 or less per item
  • Computer software: $500 or less per item
  • School supplies: $30 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing: $75 or less per item
  • School supplies and books: $20 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the Ohio Department of Taxation website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item, excluding athletic gear and uniforms
  • View the full list of items on the Oklahoma Tax Commission website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Select accessories
  • School supplies
  • Computers
  • View the full list of items on the South Carolina Department of Revenue website

Dates: July 29 to 31, 2022 (passed)

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item, excluding handbags, jewelry and sports gear
  • School and art supplies: $100 or less per item
  • Laptops, tablets and computers: $1,500 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the Tennessee Department of Revenue website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • School supplies: $100 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the Texas Comptroller website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 7, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less per item
  • School supplies: $20 or less per item
  • Energy Star, WaterSense and hurricane preparedness items (with qualifying limits)
  • View the full list of items on the Virginia Department of Taxation website

Dates: Aug. 5 to 8, 2022

Tax-free items

  • Clothing: $125 or less per item
  • Certain school supplies: $50 or less per item
  • School books and instructional materials: $20 or less per item
  • Laptops and tablets: $500 or less per item
  • Sports equipment: $150 or less per item
  • View the full list of items on the West Virginia State Tax Department website

States that never have a sales tax

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon

Read more: 85% of Americans Say Inflation is Taking a Bite Out of Back-to-School Shopping

A tax holiday, also called a tax-free weekend or week, refers to a period of time when qualifying items are exempt from sales tax. Some states hold tax-free holidays annually, and a few even host several tax-free events throughout the year. Most states that participate in tax holidays hold an event in the summer that aligns with back-to-school shopping.

Do tax-free weekends include online sales?

Yes, online purchases for state residents made during their sales tax holiday will be tax-free, even through large online retailers like Amazon. Just make sure you follow your state’s guidelines for qualifying items.

What happens if I buy a qualifying item that’s over the dollar limit?

This varies by state. In Maryland for example, the first $40 spent on a backpack is tax-free. If you were to spend $60 on a backpack, you would only be taxed for $20. However, in a state like Massachusetts, if you go over the price limit — $2,500 for all qualifying purchases — the entire item is subject to sales tax. We recommend reviewing your state’s full item list and rules to plan accordingly.

Do all cities in a state holding a tax holiday participate?

Most states require all cities and businesses therein to participate in tax-free holidays. Alabama, Florida and Missouri do not.

Can you save money by shopping during a tax holiday?

You can save money by avoiding sales tax during a tax holiday, particularly in states with high average state and local sales tax rates like Tennessee (9.55%), Arkansas (9.51%) and Alabama (9.22%). That said, you’ll want to make sure you stick to a budget to avoid overspending and do your research on back-to-school deals. Some stores may offer lower prices on clothing, supplies and computers than you might receive by paying full price during a tax holiday.

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