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From new clothes to new laptops and notebooks, back-to-school shopping can get expensive. But by using your state’s free sales tax weekend 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.

Tax-Free Weekend by State

When does tax-free weekend start? What is included in tax-free weekend? Scroll to your state to find out and save!

Tax-Free Weekend in Alabama

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

Tax-Free Weekend in Arkansas

In Arkansas, tax-free weekend has been held in early August for several years running. And in 2021 it runs August 7-8. Residents can save by not paying sales tax on school supplies, school art supplies, certain electronic devices, school instructional materials, and clothing.

Check here for updates: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

Tax-Free Weekend in Florida

Later in the summer, Florida residents can purchase select school supplies, clothing, footwear, and personal computers free of state sales taxes. Florida’s sales tax holiday typically takes place in early August, and in 2021 it runs July 21-August 9.

Check back here for updates: Florida Department of Revenue

Tax-Free Weekend in Georgia

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.

Tax-Free Weekend in Mississippi

In the Magnolia State, people can save on clothing, footwear, and school supplies priced under $100 from July 30-July 31. Items more than $100 are still subject to the state’s typical 7% sales tax.

Find more details about the Mississippi Department of Revenue‘s tax-free weekend.

Tax-Free Weekend in North Carolina

A few years ago, North Carolina lawmakers discontinued the sales tax holiday. 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!

Tax-Free Weekend in Ohio

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

Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina

During August 6-8, back-to-school and clothing shoppers in South Carolina can 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.

For specific details, click here: South Carolina Department of Revenue

Tax-Free Weekend in Tennessee

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

Tax-Free Weekend in Texas

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

Tax-Free Weekend in Virginia

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

Is it tax-free weekend?

For a quick overview of the tax-free weekend happening in your state, have a look at this handy chart.

State 2021 Tax-Free Weekend Date Items Included
AL July 16-18 Clothing, computers, school supplies, books
AR August 7-8 Clothing, school supplies, certain electronic devices
FL July 21-August 9 Awaiting Announcement
GA Discontinued Discontinued
MS July 30-31 Clothing and footwear
NC Discontinued Discontinued
OH August 6-8 Clothing, school supplies
SC August 6-8 Clothing, school supplies, computers
TN July 30-August 1; July 30-August 5; July 1-June 30 Clothing, school supplies, computers; food, food ingredients, and prepared foods; gun safes & safety equipment
TX August 6-8 Clothing, backpacks, school supplies
VA August 6-8 Clothing, school supplies, energy start products, hurricane preparedness items, generators

Now that you know when a tax-free weekend is happening in your state, it’s time to…

Research the best deal.

By planning ahead, you can purchase items your family may need not only for the first month of school but also for a few months following it as well.

You also leave yourself enough time to compare prices of items you’re looking to purchase. Do an online search for several stores you plan to shop at and compare prices. For instance, if you like to buy your family’s jeans at a couple different retailers, visit their websites to compare prices on denim. Do the same search for your state’s other qualifying items too.

Prepare before you go.

Make a list of the items you need to buy, and then check your state’s dollar limit. Dollar limits apply to each item you buy, not your entire purchase (but dollar limits are not the same in every state). Here’s an example: State A says that qualifying footwear “$100 and under” is tax-free; State B says that qualifying footwear “under $100” is free from tax. In State A, a $100 pair of shoes would be tax-free, but they would have to be $99.99 or less in State B in order to be tax-free.

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