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For back-to-school shoppers and those searching for new clothes, there’s one weekend that stands out from all the others. That’s right, we’re talking about tax-free weekend! Before you break the bank on notebooks, laptops, and new clothes, read up on how you can save on tax-free weekend in your state! Also, if you live somewhere prone to hurricanes or severe weather, some states offer tax-free shopping on emergency preparedness items! Check out the full list below!


If you’re an Alabama resident thinking of doing your back-to-school shopping soon, consider waiting until July. From Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, you’ll be able to save big on certain school supplies, computers, and clothing. Clothing items listed at $100 or less, school supplies priced $50 or less, computers (and computer supplies) listed at $750 or less, and books of $30 or less are all exempt from sales tax.

Early in 2021, people can also prepare for dangerous weather conditions. The Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is set for Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28. Residents can purchase supplies to make sure they’re ready should severe weather strike.

Find the full details here: Alabama Department of Revenue


In Arkansas, tax-free weekend isn’t scheduled until August, but it seems like it will be well worth the wait! From Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2, save on certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing.

Check out the full list here: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration


Later in the summer, the state will hold its traditional tax-free weekend. From Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, shoppers will be able to purchase qualifying items to get ready for the fall.

Check back here for a full list: Florida Department of Revenue


Unfortunately, Georgia hasn’t held a tax-free weekend during the last few years. While Georgia residents won’t be able to participate in the festivities at home, they can always take a short trip to a bordering state to do their shopping!

North Carolina

According to the Charlotte Observer, lawmakers discontinued the sales tax holiday a few years ago. While this may be sad news, you can always make the drive to a neighboring state or plan a trip to see family or friends around their state’s tax-free weekend!


Get ready to go back to school from Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9. Ohio’s sale tax holiday includes articles of clothing listed at $75 or less, school supplies priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials with a price tag of $20 or less.

Check out the full list of tax-exempt items here: Ohio Department of Taxation

South Carolina

South Carolina’s sales tax holiday is typically held during the first weekend in August. While no official date has been confirmed, the state’s Department of Revenue encourages people to check back for information about the 2020 holiday. In the past, the holiday has provided exemptions for clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and computers.


Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2. That’s the time to get ready for school in Tennessee!  The Volunteer State is giving shoppers a break when it comes to clothing, certain school supplies, and computers listed at $1500 or less. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to make a big laptop purchase, this is the time!

Check out the full list of exemptions here: TN Department of Revenue


From Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, the Lone Star State is offering a sweet sales tax holiday on most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (listed for less than $100). Although the holiday falls near the start of school, savvy shoppers might find the savings are worth the wait.

If you have questions about any specific qualifying items, check here: Texas Comptroller


Virginia is combining the traditional back-to-school shopping with hurricane and emergency preparedness. From Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, shoppers will be able to buy certain school supplies ($20 or less per item) and qualified clothing ($100 or less per item) in addition to select emergency supplies. Valuable storm items like portable generators ($1,000 or less) and chainsaws ($350 or less) will be available to purchase tax-free.

For a full list of qualifying items, visit this link: Virginia Tax

While all tax-free weekends must eventually come to an end, Direct Auto is always here to help you save money. You can get a free, no-obligation quote year-round, and we’ll search for all the discounts you’re entitled to. Simply call, click, or come in to see how much you can save with Direct.