From new clothes to new laptops and notebooks, back-to-school shopping can get expensive. But by using your state’s sales tax holiday, you can get the things you need without breaking the bank! If you’re looking to save as much money as possible ahead of a new school year, here’s our guide to tax-free weekend in your state.
Also, if hurricanes or severe weather plague the area you live in, you might be able to save on emergency preparedness items with a special sales tax holiday.
If you’re an Alabama resident, you don’t have to wait long to save on your back-to-school expenses. From Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18, you’ll be able to purchase many school supplies ($50 or less), computers and computer supplies ($750 or less), and clothing items ($100 or less) completely free of state sales tax.
Earlier in the year, Alabama also held a Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. This allowed residents to stock up on batteries, plywood, ice packs, first aid kits, and other supplies to help deal with a natural disaster. Be on the lookout for another one in 2022.
Find the full details here: Alabama Department of Revenue
In Arkansas, tax-free weekend has been held in early August for several years running. Be on the lookout for an official announcement about the 2021 dates, but residents should be able to save by not paying sales tax on school supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing, if the exempt items are similar to past years.
Check here for updates: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Later in the summer, Florida residents should be able to purchase select school supplies, clothing, footwear, and personal computers free of state sales taxes. The last few years, Florida’s sales tax holiday has taken place in early August, so be on the lookout for a similar date in 2021.
Check back here for updates: Florida Department of Revenue
Unfortunately, Georgia hasn’t participated in tax-free weekend the last few years. However, Georgia residents can always take a short trip to a neighboring state, like Alabama or Florida, to take advantage of no-sales-tax savings.
A few years ago, North Carolina lawmakers discontinued the sales tax holiday, according to the Charlotte Observer. If you still want to save money on schools supplies or clothes, you can always make a trip to a neighboring state during its tax-free weekend!
In 2019, Ohio passed legislation that paved the way for a permanent sales tax holiday falling on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August every year. This year, those dates fall Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8. Like in most other states, shoppers can expect to save some money by not having to pay sales tax on certain school supplies and clothing items.
Check out the full details here: Ohio Department of Taxation
During the first two weeks of August, back-to-school and clothing shoppers in South Carolina have been able to avoid paying the state’s 6% sales tax on applicable items. In fact, over the past 20 years, shoppers have been able to save millions of dollars by buying during this holiday. We expect this year’s event will fall at a similar time, so be sure to check back for official dates.
For specific details, click here: South Carolina Department of Revenue
Tennessee shoppers are in serious luck this year because the state has three sales tax holidays. In addition to the traditional tax-free weekend for school supplies and clothing (Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1), the state has added a sales tax holiday on food (Friday, July 30 – Thursday, August 5) and one for gun safes and safety equipment (July, 1 2021 – June 30, 2022).
Check out the full list of exemptions here: TN Department of Revenue
From Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8, Texas residents can purchase exempt items (most clothing, footwear, school supplies, select backpacks, etc.) tax-free. This year, the Texas Comptroller wants people to know that you can purchase qualifying items online, by telephone, or by mail to promote social distancing. So, if you’re still a little uneasy of crowds, you don’t have to miss out on the no-sales-tax savings.
If you have questions about any specific qualifying items, check here: Texas Comptroller
Once again, Virginia is combining its regular back-to-school sales tax holiday with a hurricane and emergency preparedness sales tax holiday. From Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8, shoppers can purchase qualifying clothing, footwear, school supplies, and hurricane preparedness items without facing the state’s sales tax. Shoppers can also purchase qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ items.
For full details, visit this link: Virginia Tax
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