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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Guide

by on August 3, 2012

By Samantha Savory

Now that we are in the month of August, parents around the country are gearing up for all of their kids back-to-school shopping needs! To help you get more bang for your buck, we want you to know the best time to shop. Depending on what state you live in, you may be getting a break on sales taxes for certain items over a certain period of time. Today’s blog post outlines those tax holidays and rules for each state that this holiday is permitted. If you have further unanswered questions, visit www.salestaxinstitute.com.

Alabama – August 3 – 5 residents will be exempt from paying sales tax on clothing items under $100, single purchases of computers $750 or less, school supplies under $50 per item and non-commercial books under $30 per item.

Arkansas – August 4 – 5 residents will be exempt from paying sales tax on clothing items less than $100, accessories and equipment less than $50 per item, and school supplies.

Iowa – August 3 – 4 residents will be exempt from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear $100 or less per item.

Georgia – August 10 – 11 residents will be exempt from sales tax on clothing and footwear $100 or less per item, computer/computer accessories under $1,000 and school supplies less than $20 per item.

Florida – Friday, August 3 — 5, all retail items are exempt from the 6 to 7 percent sales tax (changes depending on which county you reside in) on school supplies $15 or less per item and items $75 or less on clothing, footwear and accessories.

Louisiana – Friday, August 3, from 12:01am to 11:59pm you can be exempt from the 4 percent state sales taxes for school supplies, school clothes and other retail consumer goods.

South Carolina – Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5, the state is waiving both sales tax and local tax on clothing items, accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, computer software, and bedding/bath materials. The tax break does not apply to jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture on layaway, items for business use or rental clothing or footwear.

Massachusetts – August 11 and 12, most retail items will be exempt from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax.

Maryland – August 12 – 18 residents are exempt from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear $100 or less per item.

Missouri – August 3 – 4 residents are exempt from paying sales tax on clothing items $100 or less, school supplies $50 or less per item, computer software under $350 per item and computers $3,500 or less.

New Mexico – August 3 – 5 resident are exempt from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear items $100 or less per item, school supplies $30 or less per item, handheld calculators $200 or less per item, computers, tablets, and e-readers $1,000 or less per item, and certain computer accessories $500 or less per item.

Oklahoma – August 3 – 5 residents are exempt from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear items $100 or less per item.

South Carolina – August 3 – 5 residents are exempt from paying sales tax on clothing and certain accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers and bed/bath items.

Tennessee – August 3 – 5 residents are exempt from paying sales tax on clothing and school supply items $100 or less per item as well as computers $1,500 or less per item. Computer software excluded.

Texas – August 17 – 19 residents are excluded from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear items $100 or less per item as well as school supplies $100 or less per item.

Virginia – August 3 – 5 residents are excluded from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear items $100 or less per item and school supplies $20 or less per item.

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