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Get ready for these 2019 Tax-Free Holidays!

It’s that time of year again! Every summer, select states (see the list below) offer Tax-Free Holidays, allowing shoppers to purchase back to school clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, and other items without having to pay sales tax.

Many of the larger online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target participate in Tax-Free Holidays too, which means that you can do your shopping online without adding sales tax!

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Back-to-school tax-free shopping states + dates for 2019:

Alabama:

  • Dates: July 19th-21st
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), Computers (up to $750), School supplies (up to $50), Books (up to $30)
  • State Website

Arkansas:

  • Dates: August 3rd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), School supplies
  • State Website

Connecticut:

  • Dates: August 18th-24th
  • Save on: Clothing and footwear (up to $100)
  • State Website

Florida:

  • Dates: August 2nd-6th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $60), School supplies (up to $15), Computers (up to $1,000)
  • State Website

Iowa:

  • Dates: August 2nd-3rd
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100)
  • State Website

Maryland:

  • Dates: August 11th-17th
  • Save on: Clothing & footwear (up to $100)
  • State Website

Massachusetts:

  • Dates: August 10th-11th
  • Save on: All tangible personal property (up to $2,500)
  • State Website

Mississippi:

  • Dates: July 26th-27th
  • Save on: Clothing & footwear (up to $100)
  • State Website

Missouri:

  • Dates: August 2nd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), Computers (up to $1,500), School supplies (up to $50)
  • State Website

New Mexico:

  • Dates: August 2nd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), Computers (up to $1,000), Computer equipment (up to $500), School supplies (up to $30)
  • State Website

Ohio:

  • Dates: August 2nd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $75), School supplies (up to $20)
  • State Website

Oklahoma:

  • Dates: August 2nd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100)
  • State Website

South Carolina:

  • Dates: August 2nd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing, School supplies, Computers, & other
  • State Website

Tennessee:

  • Dates: July 26th-28th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), School supplies (up to $100), Computers (up to $1,500)
  • State Website

Texas:

  • Dates: August 9th-11th
  • Save on: Clothing, backpacks, and school supplies (up to $100)
  • State Website

Virginia:

  • Dates: August 2nd-4th
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), School supplies (up to $20), Energy Star products (up to $2,500), Hurricane preparedness items (up to $60), Generators (up to $1,000)
  • State Website


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Comments 23

  1. Melissa

    Where can I find out what day Amazon, Target or Walmart have the tax free day?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      They go by the state-mandated dates we have listed above. What state are you looking for, Melissa?

      • Melissa

        Connecticut

  2. CAJ

    Glad to live in NJ…we aren’t on the list, but we NEVER pay taxes on shoes and clothing! 🙂 (granted Delaware is better with not charging sales tax at all, but it is close enough that we go shopping there from time to time!)

    • Shelly

      We have no sales tax (OR) so it bugs us when ever we travel outta state & pay sales tax in other states

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        I feel you, Shelly! We lived in Oregon for 15 years and once we moved out of state – it was HARD to get used to paying tax. At least we can pump our own gas, now!

  3. NorthernDawn

    Wish our school was out for summer- still in session!!! And no tax free shopping ( Michigan)

    • CC

      We are in Michigan too, no breaks at all!

  4. Karen T.

    Of course, California isn’t one of them😐

    • melissashaw

      Never will be-Land of the taxes lol

  5. Rachel

    I had no idea this was even a thing. Too bad they don’t have this in all states. 😩

  6. Amy

    I’m curious which states normally charge sales tax on clothing and do not participate in a back to school tax free program. I want to make sure I don’t choose to move to one of those states, LOL.

    • Karri

      South Dakota pays sales tax on everything clothing, shoes, food and we don’t participate in a back to school tax free program. However we also don’t have a state income tax.

      • J.H.509

        Texas pays taxes on everything. I’m in a border town and they give the taxes back to international shoppers. ಠ_ಠ we have tax free weekend but the stores get so swamped it’s not worth it ಠ︵ಠ

        • Evan

          We actually don’t pay taxes on food in Texas & we don’t have a state income tax.

          • BrBa

            Yup, I came here to say exactly that. No state income tax is pretty sweet!

    • mel

      I’m in Louisiana, and we pay tax on everything… clothing, food, even the newspaper now! We used to have the Tax Free Holiday, but last year they nixed it for the next 7 years to “balance the budget”.

    • MommySpendsLess

      Similar comment regarding Florida. No sales tax on un-prepared food and certain personal care products but we don’t have a state income tax. I don’t get too excited about tax-free days. The stores end up extra crowded and after years of following Hip2Save a 7% discount doesn’t impress me much 🙂

      • Melanie

        Yep this ☝🏻. I would gladly pay the extra 7% on clothes and shoes in FL to save my sanity. Now if I were having to purchase a new laptop, I would venture out for that during tax free week. Luckily my kids are still little where we don’t need that yet.

    • Jamie

      North Carolina

  7. Tracy

    I live in NH. No sales tax, No state income tax. 😊

  8. Sheri e LaBo

    No Michigan, of course…

  9. Justine

    C’mon Washington State. Where u at?!

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