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Sales Tax Holidays for Back-to-School Shopping

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Living on the Cheap.

Some states have sales tax holidays every summer to assist families with getting their kids outfitted for school. Some states also have a sales tax holiday that focuses on hurricane preparedness items or energy-saving appliances.

If you plan to make one of those purchases, and it’s not an emergency situation, it’s worthwhile to see if your state offers a program like this. You can find a full list of all states’ sales tax holidays here.

Here’s a summary of back-to-school sales tax holidays coming up in the summer, in alphabetical order. The purchases that are eligible and the maximum purchase amount per item, if applicable, are listed. Follow the link for your state for more details.

Arkansas sales tax holidays

Little Rock, Arkansas
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Dates: Aug. 6 and 7

Eligible purchases (maximum cost per item): clothing and shoes ($100), clothing accessories and equipment ($50), school supplies and electronic devices “commonly used in the course of study”

More info: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

Connecticut sales tax holidays

Hartford, Connecticut
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Date: Aug. 21 through 27

Eligible purchases (maximum cost per item): clothing and footwear ($100)

More info: Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

Florida sales tax holidays

Madeira Beach, Florida
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Date: July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023

Eligible purchases (no maximum cost per item): Diapers and baby and toddler clothing and shoes

Date: July 25 through Aug. 7

Eligible purchases (cost per item): Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories with a sales price of $100 or less per item • Certain school supplies with a sales price of $50 or less per item • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles with a sales price of $30 or less • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories with a sales price of $1,500 or less, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use

More info: Florida Department of Revenue

Illinois state sales tax holiday

Joliet Illinois
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Date: Aug. 5 through 14

Eligible purchases (cost per item): Reduced state sales tax rate of 1.25% on clothing and school supplies ($125)

Iowa sales tax holidays

Sheldon, Iowa
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Date: Aug. 5 and 6

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing and shoes ($100)

More info: Iowa Department of Revenue

Maryland sales tax holidays

U.S. Naval Academy
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Date: Aug. 14 through 20

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing and footwear ($100)

More info: Marylandtaxes.gov

Massachusetts sales tax holidays

Worcester, Massachusetts
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Date: Aug. 13 and 14

Eligible purchases: retail items ($2,500). View website for more qualification information.

More info: Mass.gov

Mississippi sales tax holidays

Bay St Louis Mississippi
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Date: July 29 and 30

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing and footwear ($100)

More info: Mississippi Department of Revenue

Missouri sales tax holidays

Kansas City Missouri traffic highways
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Date: Aug. 5 through 7

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($100), computers ($1.500), school supplies ($50)

More info: Missouri Department of Revenue

New Mexico sales tax holidays

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Date: Aug. 5 through 7

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($100), computers ($1,000), computer equipment ($500), school supplies ($30)

More info: New Mexico Taxation and Revenue

Ohio sales tax holidays

Columbus Ohio
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Date: Aug. 5 through 7

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($75), school supplies ($20)

More info: Ohio Department of Taxation

Oklahoma sales tax holidays

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Date: Aug. 5-7

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($100)

More info: Oklahoma Tax Commission

South Carolina sales tax holidays

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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Date: Aug. 5 through 7

Eligible purchases: Tax-free items include clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and computers.

More info: South Carolina Department of Revenue

Tennessee sales tax holidays

Nashville, Tennessee
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Date: July 29 through 31

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($100), school supplies ($100), computers ($1,500)

More info: Tennessee Department of Revenue

Texas sales tax holidays

Corpus Christi Texas
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Date: August 6-8

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($100), backpacks ($100), school supplies ($100)

More info: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Virginia sales tax holidays

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Date: Aug. 5 through 7

Eligible purchases (cost per item): clothing ($100), school supplies ($20)

More info: Virginia Tax

West Virginia sales tax holidays

West Virginia
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Date: Aug. 5 through 8

Eligible purchases: clothing ($125), school supplies ($20), sports equipment ($150), computers and tablets ($500)

More info: West Virginia Department of Revenue

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