It’s about this time during the summer when I start wondering, “When is tax free weekend?” I’m fortunate that in my state, we always have a Tennessee tax free weekend, and it offers great savings on all kinds of purchases for going back to school, as well as if you have kids who are going back to college. Click on the links below to jump down directly to the listing of tax free holidays by state, along with more money-saving tips for taking advantage of back to school sales.
Tax Free Holidays by State
Below is the most up-to-date listing of tax free holidays by state. If you do not see your state listed, that means, unfortunately, your state is not participating in a tax free weekend. Visit your state’s Department of Revenue website to review qualifying purchases. (Please note that sometimes states that have had a tax free weekend in the past may have changed their budgets or legislation and decided against having one this year.)
- Alabama — August 1 – 3
- Arkansas — August 2 – 3
- Connecticut — August 17 – 23
- Florida — August 1 – 3
- Iowa — August 1 – 2
- Louisiana — August 1 – 2
- Maryland — August 10 – 16
- Mississippi — July 25 – 26
- Missouri — August 1 – 3
- New Mexico — August 1 – 3
- New York — Currently, the state of New York has not scheduled a tax-free holiday, however, New York City does not charge tax on apparel and shoe purchases that cost less than $110 per item.
- Oklahoma — August 1 – 3
- South Carolina — August 1 – 3
- Tennessee — August 1 – 3
- Texas — August 8 – 10
- Virginia — August 1 – 3
:: Learn more – Tax Free Holiday by State: What Items Qualify in Your State HERE.
Back to School Sales
Tax free weekend and Back to School sales go hand in hand. You’ll want to take advantage of this special weekend and pair it with coupons and deals that are offered by the stores in your area. In addition to school shopping tips, we have a listing of supplies for school and the best places to find what you need. I’ve created a printable list for you to see what is available at each store so you can determine which store has the lowest price for the particular item you are looking for. Lastly, you will also want to be thinking about school lunches and ways to make them healthy for your kiddos.
:: Find all the latest Back to School Sales 2014 information HERE.
Tax Free Weekend: Tips for Shopping
You’ll find there are all kinds of great items that fall under tax free status during this time. Use that extra discount on big items like:
Technology — Laptops, desktop computers, monitors
Small appliances — If you’re dorm shopping, you’ll want to snag the deals on small appliances like mini refrigerators, microwaves, toaster ovens, and other items for the well-equipped dorm room.
Clothing — Now is the time for buying denim and stocking up on the necessities like socks and underwear.
School Supplies — Don’t forget to think of your school supply purchases over the course of the entire year. What will you need? Don’t make extra purchases mid year and bust your budget, plus think ahead to Operation Christmas Child boxes, parties and more!
:: Get specific ways to save with my article, Tax Free Weekend: 10 Tips for Shopping HERE.