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If you’re shopping online, can you take advantage of tax-free weekend? Many states are enjoying tax-free weekend this weekend, and more have tax-free weekend coming up next weekend. Many shoppers want to know if the tax free special applies to online shopping as well. The good news is that in most cases, you can shop online for tax-free weekend too. That’s great news.

Here’s what you need to know.

Tax-Free Weekend Typically Applies Online Too

Yes, in most cases, if a state is participating in tax-free weekend, that means that you can also shop online tax-free too. Of course, the items you buy must meet the requirements for tax-free weekend and you must shop before the tax-free weekend ends. This means that if you want to buy something for tax-free weekend and the holiday ends at 11:59 p.m. in your state on Sunday, then you must purchase your item before that time. It doesn’t matter if the item arrives after tax-free weekend, as long as you purchase it before then and choose immediate delivery.

Note that tax-free weekend always starts at 12:01 a.m. on the first day and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the last day.

Many online retailers will be turning off taxes for customers shopping from tax-free states this weekend, or turning off taxes for certain coded items. So if you want to get a tax-free item, don’t hide your location when you’re shopping online. If you hide your location or shop from a proxy site, you might not be registered as being in a tax-free state and you may not be able to enjoy the savings.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that all fees will disappear when you’re purchasing online. You’ll still have to pay for shipping, for example, and depending on the retailer, you may be taxed for items that don’t qualify for tax exemptions. But as long as you order qualified items during the tax-free weekend, you won’t be charged taxes even if it’s shipped after this weekend is over.

Amazon & Walmart Both Participate Online

Walmart has said that it will be participating and turning off taxes for relevant items and for shoppers in relevant states. But in some states, if you choose to pick up your item in the store, you must pick it up within the tax holiday and not later. (So yes, that’s a little different than the online shipping rule.) Walmart also offers free snacks and beverages at Supercenters on the Saturday of your local tax-free holiday, from 7-10 a.m.

Amazon’s Help page states that it participates in sales tax holidays. The webpage reads: “Many taxing jurisdictions require select taxable products to be temporarily exempt from tax on specific dates. For example, a sales tax holiday may be enacted on ‘back to school’ products before the new school year. You can find more information about sales tax holidays, including qualifying items, by visiting your state or US territory’s department of revenue (or equivalent) website. Sales tax holidays may be applied to sales sold by Amazon.com and its affiliates, including marketplace sellers. However, tax may still be calculated on items if they do not qualify.”

If you do shop online, don’t forget to check and see if the online store is offering any coupon codes. Many stores will offer codes that you can stack on top of the tax-free special, giving you even greater savings.

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Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend 2019

Looking forward to Florida’s tax-free holiday? It’s a great time to pick up back-to-school items, as well as clothing (even if you’re not a student).

When is Florida’s tax-free holiday?

What qualifies for tax free weekend in Florida?

The following items are tax free:

  • Clothing and apparel costing $60 or less per item.
  • School supplies and related items costing $15 or less per item.
  • Personal computers and related accessories of $1,000 or less per item.

See a full list of tax-free items for 2019.

Most items that children need for school are tax exempt. This includes most clothing and most school supplies, but not all of them. Within each category, there are exemptions.

Because the guidelines aren’t necessarily intuitive, take some time on the Florida Department of Revenue website to familiarize yourself with Florida’s list of exempt and taxable items.

And keep in mind the spending thresholds, too. Tax exemptions apply only to clothing items $60 or less. There’s also no limit to how many tax-free items you can buy so, in essence, you could buy a hundred $50 jackets, and they’d all be tax-free.

Does Florida Tax Free weekend apply to online purchases?

Florida residents can also take advantage of the tax-free weekend online. Tax-free shopping applies to all transactions that are accepted and confirmed by the retailer during the 72-hour tax-free period. However, according to Florida law, shipping and handling charges are part of the sales price of an item, even if they are stated separately. This means that an order of a $59 jacket with $5 shipping would not be tax exempt because the item exceeds the $60 apparel threshold. Pro Tip: Bypass this rule by adding a couple more items to your order – shipping and handling will be divided by the number of items in the order to determine tax exemption.

Learn more about tax-free shopping and see a list of other state’s tax-free holidays for 2019.

Using coupons during tax-free weekend

Coupons and discounts can help you buy more items tax free during Tax Free Weekend. That’s because it’s the total paid the retailer — not the sticker price — that determines whether sales tax is waived. For example, if you want a $65 jacket, it would not be tax free because it’s above the $60 threshold. However, if you have a coupon for 10% off, the price would fall below $60, and you’d get the jacket tax free.

Are layaway items tax free on Tax Free Weekend in Florida?

Yes. However, you must place the item on layaway during Tax Free Weekend, or pick it up during that time frame.

You can count on crowds at stores this weekend as many people in Alabama opt to do their back-to-school shopping during the sales tax holiday.

But what if you want to avoid the crowds and do your shopping by pointing and clicking? Are online purchases tax-free, too?

The answer is maybe.

According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the purchase of eligible items (you can see more on that here) are exempt from sales tax “when the items are paid for and delivered to the customer during the exemption period.

“The sale of an item is not closed or completed until the time and place where delivery occurs to the purchase after the act of transportation end and the item comes to rest in this state for use or consumption,” the statute noted.

That means in order to be tax free, online purchases have to be made after the start of the sales tax holiday (12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 19) and delivered by the end (midnight on Sunday, July 21.)

What about Amazon? The mega online retailer said it participates in tax-free holidays.

“Sales tax holidays may be applied to sales sold by Amazon.com and its affiliates, including marketplace sellers. However, tax may still be calculated on items if they do not qualify,” the company said.

Amazon’s Prime program can deliver items in as little as 24 hours, meeting the exemption window.

Tax-Free Holidays 2020

  1. Alabama: Shop during Alabama’s tax-free weekend in July (in 2019 it was July 19-21) and you’ll not have to pay taxes on certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing. Be sure to check which cities and counties are participating in Alabama’s tax-free weekend and which items are exempt from taxes. Alabama also offers another tax-free holiday during Feb. 21-23, 2020, where you won’t have to pay taxes on select severe weather preparedness items up to $60.
  2. Arkansas: If you shop in Arkansas during its tax-free weekend in August (in 2019, it was Aug. 3-4), you can get tax-free shopping on purchases of certain school supplies, art supplies, instructional materials, and clothing. Exact dates to come for 2020.
  3. Connecticut: Connecticut shoppers get a whole week of tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear purchases that don’t exceed $100 per item. In 2019, it took place Aug. 18-24, so keep an eye out for a similar timeframe in 2020.
  4. Florida: Florida’s tax-free weekend is good on certain clothing less than $60 per item, and certain school supplies that cost less than $15 per item. In 2019, it took place Aug. 2-4, with certain items exempt. Florida also offered another tax-free holiday in 2019 from June 1-7, where you would pay no taxes on generators up to $750, radios and plastic sheeting up to $50, batteries and coolers up to $30, and other items. Keep eye out for similar dates in 2020.
  5. Iowa: Iowa also has a tax-free weekend that’s good on clothing or footwear with a value of less than $100 per item. It always takes place during the first weekend of August. For 2020, it’s Aug. 1-2.
  6. Maryland: Maryland has a whole week of tax-free shopping the second Sunday of August through the following Saturday where you can buy apparel and footwear less than $100 and not pay taxes. It also added an exception of taxes off the first $40 of a backpack during this week in August. Maryland also has another tax-free holiday on Energy Star items (with no cap) on the Saturday that immediately precedes the third Monday in February.
  7. Massachusetts: The tax-free days in Massachusetts permit tax-exempt purchases on specific items costing less than $2,500 per item. Products excluded (i.e., taxes do apply) include motor vehicles, meals, gas, electricity, tobacco products, telecom services, and others. In 2019, the tax free days took place August 17-18, so expect a similar time frame in 2020.
  8. Mississippi: Mississippi’s tax-free shopping weekend lets you save on taxes when buying certain clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100 per item. In 2019, it took place July 26-27, so look for similar dates in 2020. There is also a 2nd Amendment holiday where firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies are sales tax-free. This will be taking place August 28-30, 2020.
  9. Missouri: You’ll be able to shop tax-free in Missouri on certain items such as clothing (any item having a taxable value of $100 or less), school supplies (not to exceed $50), computers (Less than $1,500), computer software (total of $350 or less), computer peripheral devices (not to exceed $1,500), and graphing calculators (less than $150). It took place Aug. 2-4 in 2019, but note that certain counties and cities are opted out, so be sure to check dates and participating areas for 2020. Missouri also had another tax-free holiday April 19-25, 2019, for energy star items with no cap.
  10. New Mexico: New Mexico’s annual tax-free shopping weekend means you won’t need to pay taxes on clothing, shoes, computers, computer equipment or school supplies up to a certain dollar amount. In 2019, it took place Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020. New Mexico also has another tax-free holiday in November for items up to $500, including clothing, accessories, sporting equipment, tools, books, art, cosmetics, musical instruments, cookware, bedding, furniture, toys, games, and electronics.
  11. Ohio: During the free tax weekend in Ohio, clothing items priced at $75 or less, school supplies priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials priced at $20 or less, are all tax exempt. The weekend was held Aug. 2-4 in 2019, so expect similar dates in 2020.
  12. Oklahoma: There’s a tax-free weekend in Oklahoma on clothing and shoes that are under $100. In 2019, it was Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020.
  13. South Carolina: You’ll be able to go tax-free shopping in South Carolina on clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and linens. Here’s a complete list of exempt items for South Carolina. In 2019, it was Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020
  14. Tennessee: The tax-free weekend in Tennessee takes place July 24-26, 2020, and lets you purchase clothing items that are $100 or less, school supplies and school art supplies $100 or less, and computers $1,500 or less, without having to pay sales tax. Just be sure to check the list of exempt items.
  15. Texas: The tax-free weekend in Texas takes place Aug. 7-9, 2020, exempts taxes on clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced less than $100. Texas also has sales tax holidays in April for severe weather preparedness and in May for Energy Star appliances.
  16. Virginia: This tax-free weekend in Virginia lets you save on school supplies that cost less than $20 per item and clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item. You can also buy tax-exempt hurricane and emergency preparedness products, as well as Energy Star and WaterSense products. In 2019, it was Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020.
  17. West Virginia: Effective around August 2021, West Virginia will honor a back-to-school holiday that allows you to save on an item of clothing costing up to $125, one item of school supplies costing $50 or less, an item of school instruction material costing up to $20, laptops and tablets—not purchased for trade or business purposes—costing $500 or less, and sporting equipment—not purchased for trade or business purposes—priced at $150 or less.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a state that offers tax holidays for back-to-school shopping, this is your heads up – some of those wonderful tax-free weekends start this Friday, July 26, and your favorite retailers are likely to be wooing you with some of the best back-to-school sales of the season.

We found 16 states that have confirmed their back-to-school tax holidays for 2019. Most tax holiday states are in the south, though there are a couple oddballs in the Midwest. We are sad to share that Wisconsin held its first tax-free weekend in 2018, but will not have one in 2019. You’ll find all the details below.

Tax-free weekends everywhere tend to have a few interesting common features. Most will let you put items on layaway tax-free. Or if you make a final payment on a layaway item during the tax holiday, you’ll get out of state sales tax that way, too. And online purchases are subject to the exemption, too, if you live in a tax holiday state.

There are a few nuanced points to be aware of while looking through this list, however.

Most states will enforce a dollar limit on purchases in certain categories. For example, a common limit we see is for clothing up to $100. What that actually means can vary from one state to the next, however, and sometimes even from one product category to another. For a dress that costs $110, one state may exempt the sales tax on the first $100 of the sale, meaning you’d only pay taxes on the $10 left over. Another state may simply exclude that same dress from being eligible for the exemption since it’s priced over the $100 threshold.

Another difference lies in whether “priced under $100” includes or excludes a price tag of exactly $100. Speaking literally, “under $100” would mean that $99.99 is eligible, but $100.00 is not. Remember that sales tax holidays are written and voted upon by state governments, and the law can be very literal.

Finally, remember that it’s only state sales tax that is on holiday. If you pay city, county or other local taxes, you’ll still see those on your receipt.

In short, you should always, always read the fine print so you aren’t surprised at the cash register.

One more thing before we jump into the list: If you’re looking to buy a wedding dress or stock up on disposable diapers, inexplicably, Oklahoma will be the place to go. Seriously.

States with Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping in 2019:

When: July 19-21
What: Certain school supplies, computers, and clothing
Notes: Not all counties will participate, so check this list of participating counties before you shop.
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When: August 3-4
What: Certain clothing and footwear, clothing accessories, school supplies, art supplies and instructional materials.
Note: Various spending limits apply on all eligible items.
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When: August 18-24
What: Clothing and Footwear costing less than $100 per item
Note: Does not include accessories or athletic clothing.
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When: August 2-6
What: Clothing, footwear, certain accessories, school supplies, personal computers and computer-related accessories
Note: Various spending limits apply on all eligible items. View the list here.
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When: August 2-3
What: Select clothing and footwear
Note: Various spending limits apply on all eligible items.
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When: August 11-17
What: Qualifying clothing and footwear up to $100 and first $40 of a backpack.
Note: School supplies are still taxable.
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When: July 17-18
What: Most things under $2,5000.
Note: Does not include telecommunication services, tobacco, alcohol or marijuana products.
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When: July 26-27
What: Clothing and footwear priced under $100.
Note: Some cities historically have opted out.
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When: August 2-4
What: Clothing, school supplies, computers.
Note: Several cities, counties and districts will not be participating. The Missouri Department of Revenue has complete lists you can check.
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When: August 2-4
What: Qualifying tangible personal property
Note: Various spending limits apply on all eligible items, and every category includes items that are excluded by state law.
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When: August 2-4
What: Clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.
Note: Various spending limits apply on all eligible items.
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When: August 2-4
What: Select clothing and footwear up to $100
Note: It’s a great weekend to stock up on tax-free diapers in Oklahoma. And if you’re looking to buy a wedding dress, wedding apparel will be tax-free this weekend as well. However, clothing meant for athletic use is not. See the Oklahoma Tax Commission’s website for a complete list of tax-exempt items.
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When: August 2-4
What: Clothing, accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, computer peripherals, software, and bed and bath textiles
Note: Accessories includes hats, scarves, hosiery and handbags, but does not include jewelry, wallets or eyeglasses.
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When: July 26-28
What: Clothing, school supplies and computers
Note: Various spending limits apply on all eligible items.
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When: August 9-11
What: Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100
Note: Texas excludes clothing and footwear designed primarily for athletic use, but makes a nice distinction between athletic apparel and stuff that’s more equipment than apparel. For example, a football jersey would be tax-free, but football pads and pants are not. Running shoes are tax-free, but track shoes and cleats are not.
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When: August 2-4
What: School supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, Energy Star and WaterSense Items
Note: Virginia previously had three separate tax holidays for back-to-school, hurricane preparedness and energy efficiency initiatives, but in 2015 they decided to roll it all up into a single weekend.
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What happened to Louisiana’s back-to-school tax holiday?

Unfortunately, the Louisiana state legislature voted to end the back-to-school tax holiday last year. Pop on over the state line to Texas, Mississippi, or Arkansas if you can to take advantage of theirs instead.

For everyone else…

If you don’t see your state on this list, there are a few other options to consider. Five states – Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Delaware – have no state sales tax at all, ever. And for back-to-school wardrobes, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont all exempt certain clothing, footwear and accessories from state sales tax year round. Not a bad deal at all! And of course, don’t forget to put it all on a cash-back credit card to save even more.

Shop these sales tax holidays to save on back-to-school shopping

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Some states allow consumers two days or more of tax-free shopping before school starts. This gives families a chance to save money on clothes, shoes, classroom supplies, computers, backpacks and other things that students need.

Each state’s sales tax holiday rules and exemptions are different. For example, Mississippi exempts shoppers from state taxes but not city and county taxes, while Oklahoma shoppers are exempt from state and local taxes during the holiday.

State rules for layaways, coupons, exchanges and other transaction details during the tax holidays also differ, so read the rules carefully. Eligible purchases made online during the tax holidays are tax-exempt, including merchandise bought on Amazon.

Many states don’t have sales-tax holidays or have not yet authorized a holiday. If you’re not sure about whether yours does, contact your state legislator. If you want more information about the rules and exemptions for your state’s sales tax holiday, go to the website for the state’s department of revenue.

Alabama

Sales tax holiday: July 19-21

  • Clothing and accessories: $100 or less per item
  • School and art supplies: $50 or less per item
  • Computers, printers and printer supplies: $750 or less per article
  • Textbooks: Over $30, but not more than $50

Arkansas

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 3-4

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item
  • Apparel accessories: $50 or less per item
  • School supplies and art supplies: No dollar limit
  • Instructional materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, maps: No dollar limit

Connecticut

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 18-24

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item

Florida

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-6

  • Clothing, footwear and accessories: $60 or less per item
  • School supplies: $15 or less per item
  • Computers and accessories: $1,000 or less per item

Iowa

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-3

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100

Maryland

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 11-17

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • Backpacks/bookbags: The first $40 is tax-exempt

Massachusetts

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 17-18

  • Single items of tangible personal property: $2,500 or less
  • Clothing: $175 or less per article

Mississippi

Sales tax holiday: July 26-27

  • Clothing, footwear and school supplies: Up to $100 per item
  • Mississippi counties and cities can’t collect state taxes during the sales-tax holiday, but they can collect local taxes.

Missouri

Sales-tax holiday: Aug. 2-4

  • School supplies: $50 or less
  • Computers: $1,500 or less
  • Computer software: $350 or less
  • Clothing: $100 or less

New Mexico

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing, shoes and accessories: $100 or less per article
  • Computers: $1,000 or less per item
  • Related computer hardware: $500 or less per item
  • School supplies (notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, staples, staplers, scissors and rulers): $30 or less per item
  • School supplies (backpacks, maps and globes): $100 or less per item

Ohio

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing: $75 or less
  • School supplies and instructional materials: $20 or less

Oklahoma

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less

South Carolina

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, bed linens and bath accessories: No price limits for tax exemption

Tennessee

Sales tax holiday: July 26-28

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per article
  • School and art supplies: $100 or less per item
  • Computers: $1,500 or less per item

Texas

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 9-11

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • School supplies and backpacks: Less than $100

Virginia

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • School supplies: $20 or less

Wisconsin

Sales tax holiday: Aug. 1-4

  • Clothing and school supplies: $75 or less per item
  • Computers: $750 or less per item
  • Computer supplies: $250 or less

Get Ready for Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2019 We’ve got a full list of Tax Free Weekend Dates and Sales including Texas, Missouri, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee & More!

Here is the Current list of Back to School Tax Free Weekend Holidays for 2019. Including Texas, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and more. A lot of states offer Sales Tax Free Weekends where you can shop for Back to School Supplies and you won’t pay state sales tax on specific items. Each state has a different list of requirements for what is included in the Tax Free Weekend, most states include Clothing, School Supplies, Books, Laptop Computers and more.

You will want to double check this list with your specific state, and be sure to let me know of any other states participating in Tax Free Weekends by leaving a comment below.

When Is Tax Free Weekend?

The 2019 Tax Free Days by state are listed below, each state sets it’s own dates as well as the items that are available to purchase tax free. Most categories also have a limit of value per item purchased which is something you should be aware of before shopping. We have a full list below of all of the 2019 Tax Free Dates for you so you can easily locate the dates in your area.

You can also check out our Back to School Deals Page for an updated list of the Best Back to School Deals going on now!

What Items Are Included in the No Tax Weekend?

Here is a general list of the items included and where you can get more information on your specific state’s Tax Free Holiday.

  • School Supplies
  • Backpacks
  • Clothing
  • Jackets
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers

Tax Free Online Shopping Days

Most large retailers like Walmart, Amazon, & Target will also be participating, That means you can shop online tax free if you are located in one of these states! This may not apply to smaller retailers who typically don’t collect tax in all states, look for special ads and advertisements during the tax free days to know if an online retailer is participating.

Don’t Miss our Back to School Sales Page with all the best deals each week, This will be updated weekly with the Top Sales at Each Store + You can check out our Back to School Deals Page to see all the recent deals we’ve posted!

You can also Along with daily email updates on all the best Back to School Deals!

Back to School Tax Free Weekends List by State

Check out the Complete Back to School Tax Free Weekend Dates & Tax Free Days in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Alabama, Missouri, and more! We have all the tax free weekend details you need to know!

Alabama Tax Free Weekend 2019

Arkansas Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Arkansas is August 3-4, 2019
Arkansas Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing, Coats, Shoes and Costumes (Less than $100 per item), Accessories: Including purses, Jewelry (Less than $50), School Supplies (Based on Supply lists), Reference Books and Textbooks . Learn More.

Connecticut Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Connecticut is August 18-24, 2019
Connecticut Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: All Clothing and Footwear under $100 per item. Athletic Uniforms and Gear Excluded. Learn More.

Florida Tax Free Weekend 2019

Iowa Tax Free Weekend 2019

Iowa Tax Free Weekend 2019 is August 2-3, 2019
Iowa Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing, School Uniforms, Coats, Shoes (Up to $100 per item), Excludes Backpacks, Book Bags, Handbags, Cleats, & Athletic Uniforms. Learn More.

Maryland Tax Free Weekend 2019

Maryland Tax Free Weekend is August 11-17, 2019
Maryland Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing, Shoes, Coats, School Uniforms (Up to $100 per item), Backpacks (Includes up to first $40) . Learn More.

Mississippi Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Mississippi is July 26-27, 2019
Mississippi Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing, Shoes, Coats, and Uniforms (Up to $100 per item), Excludes Backpacks . Learn More.

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in New Mexico is August 2-4, 2019
New Mexico Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing and Shoes, School and Work Uniforms (Less than $100 per item), School Supplies (Less than $30 per item) Calculators (Less than $200 per item), Backpacks (Less than $100 per item), Computers (Less than $1,000) . Learn More.

Ohio Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Ohio is August 2-4, 2019
Ohio Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing and Shoes (Less than $75 per item), School Supplies (Less than $20 per Item), Instructional Materials (Less than $20 per item) . Learn More.

Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Oklahoma is August 2-4, 2019
Oklahoma Back to School Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing and Shoes (Less than $100 per item), Excludes Accessories, Athletic Footwear & Protective Gear . Learn More.

South Carolina Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in South Carolina is August 2-4, 2019
South Carolina Tax Exempt Items Include: Clothing, Shoes, Hats, Costumes, Swimwear, Skates, Dance and Athletic Shoes, School Supplies, Backpacks, Printer Supplies, Computers, Printers, Software, Sheets, Bedding, Pillows, Blankets, Towels. Learn More.

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend 2019

Texas Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Texas is August 9-11, 2019
Texas Back to School Tax Exempt Items include: Clothing, Footwear, Backpacks, Uniforms, Coats, & Swimwear (Up to $100 per item), School Supplies including lunchboxes and calculators (Up to $100 per item) . Learn More.

Virginia Tax Free Weekend 2019

Tax Free Weekend in Virginia is August 2-4, 2019 Virginia
Back to School Tax Exempt Items include: Clothing, Shoes, Rain Gear, School Uniforms, & Costumes ($100 or less per item), Excludes Sports Equipment, Protective Gear, and Jewelry. Learn More.

States Not Participating in This Year

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

2020 No Tax Weekend – Tax Exempt Weekend – Sales Tax Holiday – Tax Free Day 2020

2020 Tax Free Dates and Items List

When are the Tax Free Weekends for 2020

We get the question “When is Tax Free Weekend 2020?” a lot, so here is our best answer. To help drive the economy during the slower shopping months of the year (July & August), the state governments of various US states decided to temporarily not collect taxes on various items. Due to this normally being for one weekend only, it was referred to as a “Tax Free Weekend” or a “Sales Tax Holiday.” Full details of this are available on our chart below.

(Tax Free Weekend Charts updated on June 3rd, 2020)

SALES TAX HOLIDAY 2020 ALERTS:

Louisiana Tax Free Weekend isn’t happening until 2025! Full story here.

Hurricane Preparedness, Energy Star, WaterSense, First Amendment Sales Tax Holidays 2020

** Updated for 2020 Tax Free Weekends and Tax Free Weeks.

2020 Sales Tax Holidays

Alabama Sales Tax Holidays

Alabama Back To School – : clothing (not accessories or protective or recreational equipment) with sales price of $100 or less per item; single purchases, with a sales price of $750 or less, of computers, computer software, school computer equipment; noncommercial purchases of school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials with sales price of $50 or less per item; noncommercial book purchases with sales price of $30 of less per book.

Arkansas Sales Tax Free Weekend – Date Above: clothing items under $100, clothing accessory or equipment under $50, school art supply, school instructional material, and school supply.

Georgia Sales Tax Holidays

Georgia Back to School Tax Free Weekend – Date and more information here.: (1) computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use having a sales price of $1,000 or less per item; (2) clothing having a sales price of $100 or less per item; and (3) school supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use having a sales price of $20 or less per item.

Georgia Energy Star Tax Weekend Reload the page to see the date at the top: any Energy Star Qualified Product or WaterSense Product having a sales price of $1,500 or less per product that is purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Iowa Back to School Tax Free – : clothing and footwear (not accessories, rentals, athletic or protective) with sales price of less than $100 per item.

Louisiana Tax Free Weekend – Date here: first $1,500 of sales price of hurricane preparedness items. Excludes items purchased at airports, hotels, convenience stores, or entertainment complexes.Also first $2,500 of sales price of noncommercial purchases (not leases) of items of tangible personal property (not vehicles or meals). Does not apply to local taxes. However, St. Charles Parish will waive its local Louisiana sales tax during the same weekend as the state holiday. Details here: noncommercial purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies. Does not include purchases of animals for the use of hunting.

2020 Tax Free Weekends

Maryland Tax Free Week – Energy Star products and solar water heaters. Full details and date here: Items of clothing (not accessories) and footwear with a taxable price of $100 or less.

Mississippi – Date here: Clothing or footwear (not accessories, rentals, or skis, swim fins, or skates) with sales price under $100 per item. MS First Amendment Tax Free Weekend: Firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies, including archery equipment

Missouri – Find the date here: noncommercial purchases of clothing (not accessories) with taxable value of $100 or less per item; school supplies up to $50 per purchase; computer software with taxable value of $350 or less; and personal computers and computer peripherals up to $3,500. Localities may opt out. If less than 2% of retailer’s merchandise qualifies, retailer must offer a tax refund in lieu of tax holiday. April 19-25: Retail sales of Energy Star certified new appliances of up to $1,500 per appliance.

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend – NM Sales Tax Holiday Date: footwear and clothing (not accessories or athletic or protective clothing) with sales price of less than $100 per item; school supplies with sales price of less than $30 per item; computers with sales price of $1,000 or less per item; computer peripherals with sales price of $500 or less per item; book bags, backpacks, maps and globes with sales price less than $100 per item; and handheld calculators with sales price of less than $200 per item. Retailers are not required to participate.

Ohio Back to School Sales Tax Holiday – –. The following items will be exempt: school supplies with a price of $20 or less, clothing with a price of $75 or less, and school instructional materials with a price of $20 or less.

2020 No Tax Weekends

Oklahoma Back to School Tax Free Weekend – OK Tax Free Days: items of clothing and footwear (not accessories, rentals, or special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic or protective use) with sales price of less than $100. South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday – SC Tax Holiday Dates details: clothing (not rentals), clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers, printer supplies, computer software, bath wash clothes, bed linens, pillows, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs. Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday – TN just voted to change the dates of their sales tax holiday, click here for details.: clothing (not accessories), school supplies, and school art supplies with sales price of $100 or less per item; computers with sales price of $1,500 or less per item.

Texas Sales Tax Holidays

Texas Energy Star Holiday – Date Available Here. the following Energy Star products: air conditioners (sales price up to $6,000), clothes washers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, incandescent or fluorescent lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, and refrigerators (sales price up to $2,000). Texas Back To School Holiday Get the date here. clothing and footwear (not accessories, athletic, protective, or rentals), school supplies, and school backpacks with sales price of less than More information Virginia Sales Tax Holiday – Date Available Here. clothing and footwear with selling price of $100 or less per item, and school supplies with selling price of $20 or less per item; portable generators with selling price of $1,000 or less and other hurricane preparedness items with selling price of $60 or less (expires on July 1, 2020); noncommercial purchases of Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products with a sales price of $2,500 or less per item (expires on July 1, 2020).

States with No Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

States not participating in Sales Tax Holidays are Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York. North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Check out our post on states with no sales tax.

How should I handle my online sales during sales tax holidays?

Online sellers should not collect sales tax on tax exempt items during each state’s sales tax holidays. Walmart will turn off sales tax collection for you for items coded as school supplies during sales tax holidays for the Walmart Tax Free Weekend. Amazon Sales Tax Holiday doesn’t normally collect sales tax on most items unless you live in certain states.

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GameStop announces $2,000 worth of deals in one-day sale this weekend

GameStop’s regular Pro Day sales are always a great source of deals for gamers of all kinds, whether you’re a dedicated, veteran player or someone who fires up your console and just plays every now and then to relax. And the next such sale is coming up this weekend, with the video game retailer hosting a new one-day-only Pro Day sale on February 23 — during which GameStop says it will have more than $2,000 in exclusive deals ready for gamers covering everything from games to consoles, accessories and more.

“Gamers who are looking to save more during this time of the year will find that GameStop offers some of the best deals on video games and pop culture merchandise — it doesn’t get any better than our first PRO DAY sale of the year,” said Eric Bright, vice president of merchandising for the retailer.

You can get a full run-down on some of the deals that will be on offer by checking out the retailer’s . According to the retailer, here is a taste of what the sale includes:

Video Game Consoles: PRO DAY, 2/23

  • Save $100 on new Xbox One X 1TB Fallout 76 bundle
  • Save $50 on new Xbox One S Bundle
  • Free full-game download of Gears of War 4 with purchase of any new Xbox One console

Game Deals: PRO DAY, 2/23 (Xbox One and PS4 formats, unless otherwise stated)

Accessories: PRO DAY, 2/23

  • Save up to $60 on select headsets
  • Save $10 on Xbox wireless controller

Digital: PRO DAY, 2/23

  • Save $10 on 3-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold membership
  • Get 3 months of Xbox Live FREE with purchase of 6-month of Xbox Live

Toys, Collectibles & Apparel: PRO DAY, 2/23

  • 40% off board games and puzzles
  • 30% off apparel and apparel accessories, collector boxes and all lighting
  • 25% off select toy collectibles
  • $10 T-shirts (excludes clearance)

Trade and Pre-owned: PRO DAY, 2/23

  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free on pre-owned Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games (coupon valid 2/25 – 3/3 and will be in visible in Active Offers on 2/25. Must be PowerUp Rewards Member)
  • Get 10% more credit when you trade games and accessories
  • Get an extra 10% off pre-owned games and accessories

In related news, if you miss the deals this Saturday for whatever reason, don’t worry. The retailer’s annual tax sale is likewise coming right up and runs from February 24 through March 5. For this deal, shoppers can use their tax refund money to take advantage of discounts across basically every major product category.

Here’s what GameStop says the tax sale offers will include:

Video Game Consoles: Tax Sale, 2/24 – 3/5

  • Save $100 on new Xbox One X 1TB Fallout 76 bundle
  • Save $50 on new Xbox One S Bundle (plus Battlefield V deluxe edition bundle)

Digital: Tax Sale, 2/24 – 3/5

  • Save $10 on 3-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold membership

Game Deals: Tax Sale, 2/24 – 3/5 (Xbox One and PS4 formats, unless otherwise stated)

Accessories: Tax Sale, 2/24 – 3/5

  • Save $10 on select Xbox One wireless controllers
  • Save 20% off on SCUF performance accessories when you purchase any new Xbox One Elite Controller or PS4 SCUF Vantage Controller
  • Save up to $20 on select headsets

Toys, Collectibles & Apparel: Tax Sale, 2/24 – 3/5

  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off all POP! vinyl figures
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off all apparel and apparel accessories
  • Blind Bags: Buy 2 get 1 free
  • 60% off clearance toys and apparel
  • 25% off all statues and action figures
  • 25% off all Pokémon toys and plush

Image Source: Tags: GamestopAndy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism and bingeing on a variety of TV shows you probably don’t like.

Attention, shoppers: Texas’ tax-free weekend is here

Texans get their once-a-year chance to shop tax-free this weekend.

From Friday through Sunday, most clothes, shoes and school supplies priced under $100 will be exempt from state and local taxes.

The state comptroller’s office says shoppers could save about $8 for every $100 they spend and an estimated $82.7 million in total state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

Back-to-school spending is expected to reach $26.5 billion this year in the U.S., with the National Retail Federation reporting that families with children in grades K-12 are expected to spend $669.28 on school supplies, up 5 percent from the previous year.

Because of the tax savings, many families with school-age children are expected to get most of their shopping done this weekend.

Local malls are also taking advantage of the statewide holiday and offering extended hours.

Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre has extended its hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

NorthPark Center is also open later during the holiday. The mall will close an hour later than usual, at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. NorthPark will open an hour earlier on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Macy’s will stay open even later — until 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at both malls.

“The sales tax holiday is the second-busiest shopping weekend of the year, next to Black Friday,” said Victoria Snee, director of marketing and public relations at NorthPark.

Snee expects the mall to be packed during the three-day event, with a double-digit increase in traffic.

“It’s a smart time to shop,” she said.

The popular shopping center has also partnered with the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas to accommodate out-of-town shoppers over the weekend. As a part of the hotel’s tax-free shopping package, guests will receive complimentary valet parking at NorthPark and a $50 NorthPark gift card.

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Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be exempt from sales tax this weekend. Here are more details:

The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items a customer buys.

The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an item that sells for more than that.

The exemption does not apply to sales of special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use, such as golf cleats or football pads.

The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks.

For a list of tax-free clothing and more information, visit TexasTaxHoliday.org.

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Back-to-school tax holidays: Tax-free shopping starts Friday in Texas, Sunday in Maryland

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Millions of American families with children who are school- or college-bound will have the chance to save a few dollars this summer.

Sixteen states are holding sales tax holidays to help get them ready for the upcoming school year and the savings, which are usually on clothes and school supplies, are open to all.

Nine states have tax holidays the first weekend in August including: Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. Four states have their holidays later in the month and three were held in July.

While many consumers are expected to take advantage of the savings, the Tax Foundation found that sales tax holidays “do not promote economic growth or significantly increase consumer purchases … they simply shift the timing of purchases.”

Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon don’t need a sales tax holiday to help get ready for the new school year. Those states don’t have a sales tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

In some states including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, most clothing is tax-free year-round.

Savings for educators: These stores offer teachers discounts and are holding events. Is your favorite included?

Back-to-school shopping: Don’t get sidetracked, carry coupons and focus on price, shoppers say

Dollar General is offering teachers 20% off stationary when they show a valid school ID at more than 15,500 locations across 44 states through Sept. 7. Submitted Michaels has an everyday teacher discount with 15% off an entire purchase with a valid school ID. But fromSunday through July 20, teachers get 20% off their entire purchase and a special gift with purchase that will be available while supplies last. Matt Rourke, AP Teachers save 15% on purchases daily at the arts and crafts store when they register at www.joann.com. SARAH TADDEO/Staff photographer/@sjtaddeo From July 13-20, Target is offering teachers an in-store and online 15% discount on school supplies and essentials, adult clothing and accessories and more. Courier-Post file photo A.C. Moore offers teachers with an ID, pay stub or certificate 15% off their entire sale and regular-price purchase everyday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY Walmart is holding teacher events at 1,000 stores Saturday, July 13. Find participating stores at www.walmart.com. AFP/Getty Images With the free Books-A-Million Educator’s Discount Program, teachers get a 20% discount on all items that they purchase in store and free online shipping. Lamaur Stancil Staples is holding “Back to School Block Party” two-day events for students, parents and teachers at all stores nationwide with giveaways and a 20% school supply shopping pass. Find out when your local Staples’ party is at www.staples.com. Joe Raedle, Getty Images From July 14 through Sept. 28, teachers will receive 20% back in store rewards on qualifying in-store purchases when they present a coupon, a valid teacher ID and a rewards number at checkout. The coupon will be posted at www.officedepot.com/teachers. Getty Images – Joe Raedle Through Sept. 28, Meijer is offering teachers a 15% discount on school and home office supplies. Meijer Barnes & Noble offers educators a 20% discount on qualifying purchases year-round. But on weekends this summer starting July 20 and through Sept. 15, the bookseller is holding Back-to-School Educator Appreciation Days with up to 25% off. RiverNorthPhotography / Getty Images

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Sales tax holidays

Not every town and county are participating in the sales tax holidays, nor will every item be tax-free. Online shopping also is exempt from tax during the days.

Dates: July 19-21

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • Technology: Single purchases $750 or less of computers, computer software and school computer supplies
  • School supplies: $50 or less
  • Books: $30 or less

Full list: www.revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/sales-tax-holidays

Dates: Aug. 3-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • Clothing accessory or equipment: Less than $50
  • Select school supplies, school art supplies and instructional materials: No limit

Full list:

Dates: Aug. 18-24

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100

Full list: www.ct.gov/drs

Dates: Aug. 2-6

What’s tax free:

  • Clothing, footwear and accessories: $60 or less
  • School supplies: $15 or less
  • Computers and accessories: $1,000 or less per item

Full list: www.floridarevenue.com/backtoschool

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Dates: Aug. 2-3

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear:Less than $100

Full list: https://tax.iowa.gov/iowas-annual-sales-tax-holiday

Dates: Aug. 11-17

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • Backpacks: The first $40 is tax-exempt

Full list: https://taxes.marylandtaxes.gov

Dates: Aug. 17-18

What’s tax-free: Almost everything that costs up to $2,500. In Massachusetts, there is no sales tax on clothes under $175 year round.

More information: www.mass.gov

Dates: July 26-27

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing, footwear and school supplies: Less than $100 per item

Full list:

Dates: Aug. 2-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing: Up to $100
  • School supplies: Not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software: Up to $350
  • Personal computers: Up to $1,500
  • Graphing calculators: Up to $150

Full list: https://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school

Dates: Aug. 2-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • Computers: $1,000 or less
  • Computer-related items: Up to $500
  • School supplies: Less than $30

Full list: www.tax.newmexico.gov

Dates: Aug. 2-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing: $75 or less
  • School supplies and instructional materials: $20 or less

Full list: www.tax.ohio.gov

Dates: Aug. 2-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100

Full list: www.ok.gov/tax

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Dates: Aug. 2-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing: No limit
  • School supplies: No limit
  • Computers: No limit
  • Books and musical instruments: Tax-free if they are for school assignments
  • Bed and bath: No limit, includes blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, towels, etc.

Full list: https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend

Dates: July 26-28

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing: $100 or less
  • School supplies: $100 or less
  • Computers: $1,500 or less

Full list: www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday

Dates: Aug. 9-11

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • School supplies and backpacks: Less than $100

Full list: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes

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Virginia

Dates: Aug. 2-4

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • School supplies: $20 or less
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products: Portable generators up to $1,000; gas-powered chainsaws $350 or less; other specified hurricane preparedness items, $60 or less per item.
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products: $2,500 or less per item

Full list: www.tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday

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Last year, the Legislature made the holiday permanent. This year’s tax holiday weekend is Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18.

What are the limitations?

The big limit to remember is that the sales-tax break only applies to retail items priced $2,500 or under. It also specifically excludes meals; cars, boats, and other vehicles; gas; utilities; cigarettes and other tobacco products; marijuana; and alcohol.

So if you’re eyeing the latest deluxe refrigerator or stove, make sure its price tag comes in at $2,500 or less if you want to take advantage of the tax savings. And don’t expect to see a break on your cable bill or bar tab.

Your item must also be paid for in full on the day you make the purchase, so you can’t put items on layaway and still get the tax savings.

Do I have to visit a store to get the savings?

If you are crowd-averse, you can make your purchases online and still get the sales-tax break, as long as the purchase is made during the sales-tax holiday window, which begins at midnight Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Eastern Daylight Time.

Can I buy things for my business?

No. The state mandates that purchases be made for personal use only: “Purchases by corporations or other businesses — or purchases by individuals for business use — remain taxable,” according to the state’s website.

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How much is this costing the state?

The Globe reported in 2015 that the sales-tax holiday had cost the state $186.6 million over 10 years, according to Department of Revenue estimates. Since then, the state lost out on $25.5 million during the 2015 weekend and $27 million over the 2018 weekend.

And some critics of the sales-tax holiday say that rather than making new purchases, consumers are simply waiting to make planned purchases until the tax weekend, blunting the intended stimulus effect.

What’s the benefit?

Proponents of the sales-tax holiday say the millions of dollars lost to the state end up in the pockets of Massachusetts consumers. And retailers love that it brings in business to shops in the typically slower month of August. The head of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts last year called it a “proven winner.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the cap on the sales tax break. It is applicable to items priced $2,500 or under.

Christina Prignano can be reached at [email protected]

Back-to-school tax free weekend 2019: The shopping holiday is longer and includes technology

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This year’s sales tax holiday begins Aug. 2 and ends Aug. 6. Wochit

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It’s time to start preparing students to get back to school. The first day of school for Treasure Coast students is Aug. 12 and ahead of that is the back-to-school tax-free holiday.

This year the break from sales taxes is longer and unlike last year, technology is included. Florida’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 2 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 6.

You have five days, up from three days last year, to save at least 6 percent in state and local taxes on purchases of computers and accessories up to $1,000, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use; clothes, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less; and most school supplies up to $15.

Nationally, the average family shopping for K-12 students is expected to be $696.70, the highest in survey history, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. The Florida Retail Federation reports the tax-free holiday is the state’s second busiest shopping holiday behind Black Friday. So pack your patience or consider online shopping, which also is exempt from tax during the days.

Just because items are exempt from tax, doesn’t mean they will be at the lowest prices of the season. Make sure to check and compare prices. Coupons and discounts do apply during the sales tax holiday. Macy’s, JCPenney, Aldi and other retailers will run sales simultaneously with tax-free weekend, allowing shoppers to maximize their potential savings.

We’ve listed some of the more popular items that will be exempt from taxes. To see the full list visit floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.

Computers and computer-related accessories

  • Desktop, laptop and tablets for noncommercial or personal use
  • Car adapters for laptop computers
  • Computer batteries
  • Computer towers
  • Electronic book readers
  • Hard drives
  • Headphones, earbuds
  • Printers
  • Ink cartridges
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Software (non-recreational)

Cameras, cases, smart phones, and gaming consoles are some of the items that do not qualify for the exemption. Click here for the full list.

More: Your savings guide for Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday

Clothing and accessories

  • Jackets, jeans, leggings, blouses, pants, shirts, underclothes, robes
  • Fitness clothing
  • Handbags, purses, wallets
  • Backpacks and book bags
  • Bicycle helmets (youth)
  • Shoes (including athletic shoes)
  • Swim suits and trunks

Jewelry, luggage, sunglasses and umbrellas do not qualify. Click here for the full list.

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School supplies

  • Notebooks, binders, folders, notebook filler paper, legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters
  • Calculators
  • Compasses, protractors, rulers, scissors, staplers and staples
  • Poster board, poster paper, construction paper
  • Glue, paste, Cellophane (transparent) tape

Computer paper and masking tape do not qualify. Click here for the full list.

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2019’s sales tax holiday does not apply to:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt
  • Computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes
  • Rentals or leases of any eligible items
  • Repairs or alterations of any eligible items
  • Sales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

USA TODAY’s Kelly Tyko contributed to this report.

Carol Houwaart-Diez, President and CEO of the United Way of Martin County, photographs herself with her volunteers on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Port Salerno Elementary School as they sort through school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students. “There’s filler paper, there’s pens, pencils, notebooks, spiral notebooks, composition pads, cases of markers, and file folders, and crayons, all kinds of stuff, it’s amazing,” Houwaart -Diez said. Funding and school supplies comes from Publix Tools for Schools, private donors, and public donations. “It’s important that every child in our community is ready to go on Day 1, and they’re not worried about “do I have school supplies, do I not”, that their parents don’t have to worry about it. It’s there at the school waiting for them,” Houwaart-Diez said. “When I was a kid I walked in to school all my parents only had to buy us, I think, a pencil pack, everything else was at the school waiting for you, so that’s what we’re trying to do is have everything at the school waiting for the kids. Parents don’t have to go to give-aways, they can just relax and know that everything will be provided at these schools for our kids.” ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Lyn Booth, a retired teacher from Stuart, counts and sorts out poly portfolios while helping the United Way of Martin County school supply drive on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. “Giving Back, it’s time to give back and help everyone,” Booth said. “There are so many people in need out there that need help and it’s very important to help others.” ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Volunteers and staff of the United Way of Martin County sort and organize school supplies for six Martin County Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to the students on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Port Salerno Elementary School. ERIC HASERT/TCPALM Replay Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide

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