Back To School Tax Free Weekend & Sales Tips

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Next weekend kicks off multiple Back To School Tax Free Events across the USA. A chance for parents and grandparents to shop for back to school supplies, without having to pay taxes on those purchases. Check out which states are participating and what items qualify as “Tax Free” in your State!

Prior to heading out we recommend that you make a list of items that are required by your child/grandchild’s school so that you know exactly what you need. If you know that your child will be wearing certain name brand clothing such as Old Navy or Aeropostale, be sure to print off coupons Prior to heading out the door. Some back to school sales days offer as much as 20% the Entire purchase order, which can be big savings when coupled with the tax free days. This is also a great time to stock up on home office supplies, additional school supplies for stocking stuffers and gift bag/basket additions for Christmas and impromptu birthday gifts for your kids friends that will inevitably pop up throughout the course of the school year.

States Offering a Tax Free Weekend (or Week) in 2015:

Alabama Tax Free Weekend is August 7-9th. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $100
  • School supplies under $50
  • Books under $30
  • Computers/computer equipment under $750

Arkansas Tax Free Weekend is August 1-2, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing and footwear (priced at less than $100 per item)
  • Accessories (priced at less than $50 per item)
  • School supplies

Connecticut Tax Free Weekend is August 16-22, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $300 per item
  • Shoes under $300 per item

Florida Tax Free Weekend is August 7-16, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Books, clothing, and footwear ($100 or less)
  • School supplies ($15 or less)
  • Computers ($750)


Georgia
Tax Free Weekend is July 31st-August 1, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $100
  • Footwear under $100
  • Supplies $20
  • Computers $1,000


Iowa
Tax Free Weekend is August 1-2, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $100
  • Shoes under $100

Louisiana Tax Free Weekend is August 7-8, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Purchases under $2,500
  • Excludes the purchase of taxable services, automobiles, and meals

Maine– has created legislation on the matter stating that sales during the 3rd FULL weekend in August shall be tax free, but it is unclear whether that legislation passed or has been enacted.

Maryland Tax Free Weekend is August 10-16, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing priced at $100 or less
  • Footwear priced at $100 or less

Massachusetts Tax Free Holiday– although it was live for 2014, Lawmakers have yet to agree whether it will be available again this year.

Mississippi Tax Free Weekend is July 25-26th, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $100
  • Shoes under $100
  • Items that are NOT included -jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets,watches, backpacks, skis/swimming items, skates, rollerblades

MissouriBack to school Tax Free Weekend is August 1-3rd, 2015. Their Energy star tax free weekend is April 19-25th, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $100
  • School supplies under $50
  • Computer software under $350
  • Computers/computer equipment under $3,500

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend is August 1-3, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • All clothing and shoes under $100
  • School supplies under $15
  • Computers under $1,000
  • Computer equipment under $500


North Carolina
: Unfortunately, NC has repealed it’s tax free weekend for 2015

Ohio: Tax free Weekend is August 7th-9th, 2015 The Tax Free savings applies to the following items:

  • School Supplies under $20
  • Clothing $75 or Less
  • School Instructional Materials $20 or less

Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend is August 1-3, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Priced under $100

Puerto Rico Tax Free Holiday is January 16th-17th

South Carolina Tax Free Weekend is August 7-9, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Footwear
  • School supplies
  • Computers
  • Computer equipment

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend is August 1-3, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing under $100
  • School and art supplies under $100
  • Computers under $1,500

TexasBack to school Tax Free Weekend is August 7th-9th, 2015 their Energy Star Savings Tax free days are May 24-26th, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • clothing and footwear under $100
  • School supplies under $100
  • Backpacks under $100 for elementary and secondary students
  • Includes layaway items


Vermont
(proposed) Tax Free Weekend is undetermined. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:
This one is still up in the air, although the bill was proposed, it has yet to be accepted.

Virginia Tax Free Weekend is August 7-9, 2015. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:

  • Clothing and footwear under $100
  • School supplies under $20

The following states are not participating in Sales Tax Holidays in 2015:
Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

4 Comments

  1. i wish colorado did it. at least i’m only an hour away from farmington, nm. thank you for the information.

    now i can plan to go down there that weekend.

  2. definitely going to check out the coupons for back to school. have two children that are going to need a lot.

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