Sales Tax Holidays by State

back to school5Sales tax holidays offer consumers a chance to make tax-free purchases at designated times during the year. During these special sales tax holidays, shoppers can purchase certain exempt items without paying state sales tax, although local sales taxes may still apply.
Many sales tax holidays are aimed at back-to-school shoppers, while others are designed to encourage energy-efficient purchases or early preparation for hurricane season.The following states have announced sales tax holidays during the year 2014:

1.Alabama
February 21-23: Supplies related to preparing for severe weather are exempt from state sales tax. Items costing $60 or less per item such as batteries, radios, flashlights, food storage, can openers, and smoke detectors. Also portable generators and power cords priced $1,000 or less.
August 1-3: Clothing and footwear selling for up to $100 per item, computers and software selling for up to $750, school supplies selling for up to $50, and books selling for up to $30 are all exempt from state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.

2. Arkansas
August 2-3: Clothing and footwear selling for up to $100 per item, clothing accessories selling for up to $50, school supplies, art supplies, and instructional material such as reference books and textbooks.

3.Connecticut
August 17-23: Clothing and footwear selling for less than $300 per item are exempt from sales tax.

4.Florida
May 31 – June 8: Supplies related to preparing for hurricane weather such as reusable ice packs, flashlights, fuel containers, batteries, food storage, first-aid kits, tarps, radios, and portable generators.

5.Georgia
August 1-2: Clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item, computers selling for $1,000 or less, and school supplies selling for $20 or less are exempt from the sales tax.
October 3-5:Energy Star and WaterSense products priced at $1,500 or less.

6.Iowa
August 1-2: Clothing and footwear selling for up to $100 is exempt from the sales tax.

7.Louisiana
May 24-25: hurricane preparedness items on the first $1,500 of purchase price on items such as flashlights, radios, and batteries.
August 1-2: All tangible personal property selling for up to $2,500 is exempt from the sales tax, except for vehicles, prepared food items, and items to be used for a business, trade, or profession. If an item costs more than $2,500, the first $2,500 of purchase price is exempt from state sales tax. The sales tax exemption applies only to state-level sales tax. Sales taxes imposed by parishes and local jurisdictions may still apply.

8.Maryland
August 10-16: Clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per item are exempt from the sales tax.
February 14-16, 2015: Solar water heaters and Energy Star products including air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, refrigerators and light bulbs.

9.Massachusetts
Waiting for the legislature to decide on the specific days. (During the 2013 sales tax holiday, personal property that costs $2,500 or less per items are exempt from sales tax. The following items, however, are excluded from the sales tax holiday: motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunications services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products and any single item whose price is in excess of $2,500.)

10.Mississippi
July 25-26: Clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item are exempt. Clothing accessories are not eligible. The cities of Crenshaw, Enterprise, and Heidelberg are not participating in the sales tax holiday.

11.Missouri
April 19-25: Energy Star certified appliances such as washers and dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, overs, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, freezers, trash compactors and heat pumps are exempt from state sales tax
August 1-3: Clothing priced for $100 or less, school supplies priced $50 or less, software costing up to $350, computers and peripherals priced up to $3,500.

12.New Mexico
August 1-3: Clothing and shoes sold for less than $100, computers selling for up to $1,000, computer accessories priced for no more than $500, and school supplies priced under $30 are all exempt.

13.North Carolina
Repealed.

14.Oklahoma
August 1-3: Clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 per item are exempt from the sales tax.

15.South Carolina
August 1-3: Clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, computers, software, computer accessories, and household linens are all tax exempt.

16.Tennessee
August 1-3: Clothing and school supplies selling for up to $100 each and computers selling for up to $1,500 are exempt from the sales tax.

17.Texas
May 24-26:Energy Star products including air conditioners ($6,000 or less), refrigerators ($2,000 or less), ceiling fans, light bulbs, washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and thermostats.
August 8-10: Clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies selling for $100 or less per item are tax-exempt.

18.Virginia
May 25-31: hurricane preparedness items such as batteries, flashlights, radios, tarps, bottled water, and first aid kits priced $60 or less and generators priced $1,000 or less.
October 10-13:Energy Star products selling for $2,500 or less per item are tax-exempt.
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