Guide to State Sales Tax Holidays, 2018

Some states temporarily waive sales taxes on clothing, shoes, electronics and many school supplies to ease the financial burden of back-to-school shopping. Most sales tax holidays occur on weekends–and sometimes even last full weeks–in July, August and September.

But students and parents aren’t the only ones who can save. Savvy shoppers who time their wardrobe overhauls or their purchases of new computers–or hurricane-preparation items or hunting supplies, in some states–can also cut costs by 5% or more.

Many states on this list have offered sales tax holidays for more than a decade; Wisconsin, by contrast, is offering shoppers a break for the first time ever this August (the state’s lawmakers struggled to pass a one-time bill that will cost $52 million in forgone tax revenue).

Here’s a look at the 17 states that have upcoming sales tax holidays, as well as the products that qualify in each state. If you prefer shopping online, Amazon.comwhich began collecting state sales taxes even before the recent Supreme Court ruling that now requires Internet retailers to do so — will adhere to the tax holidays, too.

Alabama (July 20-22)

  • Clothing and shoes that cost $100 or less per item (excluding handbags, umbrellas, sports equipment and sewing materials)
  • Computers and computer accessories sold as a package that cost less than $750 (computer accessories sold individually are not eligible)
  • School supplies that cost less than $50 per item
  • Books (ones that are published and have an ISBN number) that cost less than $30

Arkansas (August 4-5)

  • Most clothing items that cost $100 or less
  • Clothing accessories such as cosmetics, watches and wigs that cost less than $50 per item
  • All school supplies and school art supplies
  • A limited selection of school instructional materials, including globes, workbooks and textbooks

Connecticut (August 19-25)

  • Clothing and shoes that cost less than $100 per item (excluding accessories, athletic and protective equipment, and jewelry)

Florida (August 3-5)

  • Clothing and footwear items that are less than $60 (excluding most accessories, briefcases and recreational equipment such as rollerblades and swim fins)
  • Backpacks, diaper bags and fanny packs that cost $60 or less per item
  • Wallets that cost less than $60
  • Most school supplies that cost $15 or less per item

Iowa (August 3-4)

  • Most clothing items and shoes (excluding accessories) that cost $100 or less

Louisiana (August 3-4)

  • Most tangible personal property items (excluding vehicles and food) costing $2,500 or less

Note: Louisiana’s August tax holiday reduces the state sales tax from 5% to 3% on qualifying items. Local sales taxes, which typically range from 5% to 7%, will still be in effect.

Louisiana (September 7-9)

  • Most firearms and hunting supplies, including archery items, off-road vehicles designed for hunting, hunting clothing and accessories (such as camouflage items, bags designed to carry gear, thermal underwear and binoculars), firearms and ammunition, knives, and decoys

Note: Louisiana’s September tax holiday reduces the state sales tax from 5% to 3% on qualifying items. Local sales taxes are waived on these items.

Maryland (Aug. 12-18)

  • Most clothing items and shoes (excluding accessories) costing $100 or less

Mississippi (July 27-28)

  • Clothing and shoes (excluding accessories and sports equipment) costing $100 or less

Mississippi (August 31-Sept. 2)

  • Firearms and hunting equipment, including archery and firearm equipment (excluding hearing protection); and hunting supplies (excluding animals used for hunting, surveillance equipment and taxidermy equipment)

Missouri (August 3-5)

  • Clothing (excluding accessories) that costs $100 or less per item
  • Computers costing $1,500 or less
  • School supplies that cost $50 or less per item

Note: Missouri localities may still levy their local sales taxes, which average less than 4%.

New Mexico (August 3-5)

  • Clothing and footwear (excluding accessories and athletic gear) that cost $100 or less per item
  • A single purchase of a computer costing $1,000 or less
  • Computer software and hardware costing $500 or less per item
  • All school supplies costing $30 or less

Ohio (August 3-5)

  • Clothing items (excluding accessories) that cost $75 or less per item
  • School supplies costing $20 or less
  • School instructional materials priced at $20 or less

Oklahoma (August 3-5)

  • Clothing and footwear (excluding accessories and athletic shoes) that cost $100 or less

South Carolina (August 3-5)

  • Clothing (excluding most accessories)
  • Computers, software and school-related technology (excluding cell phones and cameras)
  • Most dormitory and home goods (excluding mattresses, bathroom accessories and hobby equipment)

Tennessee (July 27-29)

  • Most clothing items costing $100 or less
  • Computers (including tablets) that cost $1,500 or less
  • School supplies and school art supplies that cost $100 or less per item

Texas (August 10-12)

  • Clothing and footwear (excluding shoes explicitly designed for athletic use) that costs less than $100
  • Backpacks and school supplies costing less than $100

Virginia (August 3-5)

  • Clothing and footwear that costs $100 or less per article
  • Most school supplies that cost $20 or less
  • Portable generators costing less than $1,000
  • Hurricane-preparedness items (such as flashlights, fire extinguishers and manual can openers) costing less than $60
  • Products with an Energy Star or WaterSense label that cost less than $2,500

Wisconsin (August 1-5)

  • Clothing (excluding accessories, sports equipment and belt buckles) that costs $75 or less per item
  • Computers priced at $750 or less and computer supplies needed for school use that cost $250 or less
  • School supplies costing $75 or less

This article provided by NewsEdge.