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Back to School Tax-Free Shopping Dates By State for 2020

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Get ready for this year’s back-to-school tax-free shopping days!

It’s that time of year again! Every summer, select states (see the list below) offer Sales Tax Holidays, allowing shoppers to purchase back to school clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, and other items on select dates 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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Here’s the list of states offering back-to-school tax-free shopping dates in 2020:

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Alabama:

  • Dates: July 17-19
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), Computers (up to $750), School supplies (up to $50), Books (up to $30)
  • State Website

Arkansas:


Connecticut:

  • Dates: August 16-22
  • Save on: Clothing and footwear (up to $100)
  • State Website

Florida:

  • Dates: August 7-9
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $60), School supplies (up to $15), Computers (up to $1,000)
  • State Website

Iowa:


Maryland:

  • Dates: August 9-15
  • Save on: Clothing & footwear (up to $100)
  • State Website

Massachusetts:

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

Mississippi:

  • Dates: July 24-25
  • Save on: Clothing & footwear (up to $100)
  • State Website

Missouri:

  • Dates: August 7-9
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), Computers (up to $1,500), School supplies (up to $50)
  • State Website

New Mexico:

  • Dates: August 7-9
  • 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 7-9
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $75), School supplies (up to $20)
  • State Website

Oklahoma:


South Carolina:

  • Dates: August 7-9
  • Save on: Clothing, School supplies, Computers, & other
  • State Website

Tennessee:

  • Dates: July 31 – August 2
  • Save on: Clothing (up to $100), School supplies (up to $100), Computers (up to $1,500)
  • State Website

Texas:

  • Dates: August 7-9
  • Save on: Clothing, backpacks, and school supplies (up to $100)
  • State Website

Virginia:

  • Dates: August 7-9
  • 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

Join The Discussion

Comments 21

  1. aflgirl

    Are we really going back to school though? 🤔😂

    • J.H.509

      And can you imagine the crowds that will happen. As it is people aren’t taking proper precautions anymore. In my area the numbers are higher now than when the pandemic was declared.

  2. Jessica King

    I thought the same thing. So stressful. I think I’m extra stressed because I’m a single Mom of 3 and I need to plan and work and my office is not allowing long term work at home. My parents are older and the worries are real. Be well everyone and best to be very careful.

    • JulieArp

      Same here. The struggles are REAL!

    • Rough times

      I’m in the exact same position. 3 children. Alone. Parents are elderly and high risk. 2 children are high risk. Sending prayers

    • Lisha

      Sending positive thoughts your way.

  3. Lisa

    NY is not listed, oh boy!

    • joni

      guess I will be going to New Jersey where there never is tax on clothes

    • queen62

      NY already no tax on clothes

      • Lisha

        Only if item is $110 and less

  4. Mollie

    I live in Alabama and they are asking parents to do a survey on online learning or classrooms. They will have actual teachers. After the school’s closed, parents, grandparents, etc. had to teach the kids themselves.

  5. siena95

    Never had a sales tax in My state, Oregon!

  6. Amelia

    In our school district we will have the option to enroll ours kids for online learning or opting out to send them to school. I personally think I will not be sending my kids to school and choosing online option. My high schooler & middle schooler are not thrilled about that but I mean if they do go to school they are talking about requiring them to wear masks all day long. I wear a mask for dr appts and I feel like I’m about to suffocate, I can’t picture them wearing one all day long.

    • Thia

      Now is the time to get them started on wearing them while in your home. Take breaks if needed and replace damp masks with dry ones. By the end of summer you should know about how many masks your kids will need per day.

      • Katie

        That’s definitely not a skill I’ll be teaching my kids! To each their own but I’d rather keep them home and happy than mask training through their summer. If in the future they or I ever have to wear masks for a long day, we will all figure it out pretty fast.

      • HEATHER

        I agree. I work in an OR wearing a mask all day and it was difficult to acclimate at first. You’re giving excellent advice!

    • MommySpendsLess

      It’s great that you have the option to do that and, indirectly, you’re helping the parents who don’t have that option for one reason or another by reducing the number of kids on campus.
      I agree with you on masks. I let my almost-11yo daughter pick out a couple masks from RedBubble. (She selected Hamilton themed ones but there are hundreds of designs). They’re a bit more expensive than the plain colored ones available at Target and other big retailers but she was actually really excited about them and wore them even when she didn’t have to. I’m sure the novelty will wear off if she has to start wearing them daily but since I can’t prevent all this from happening during her childhood I’m doing any tiny thing I can to make it less of an ordeal.

  7. nenndre

    Florida website states it’s August 2 to 6… not 7 to 9…

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi, nenndre! Do you have a link for that? I am only finding the August 2 to 6 for 2019 dates.

  8. Trey

    Yeah here in CT we want to make sure kids look good and not help out the parents by getting a tax break on any actual school supplies. SMH. Al the kiddos are in for such a shock with this new school year. There will be so many contingency plans until an actual process is agreed upon. I virtually hug ALL parents and wish you the best new norm school year!! xo

  9. Concerned

    I wouldn’t make my child breathe in their own Carbon Monoxide, anymore than you absolutely have to…its not healthy.

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