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 July 30, 2013  Posted by  Expired
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If you’ve got back-to-school shopping to do, you might be able to plan ahead and save some money during a sales tax holiday. Many states suspend sales taxes for a weekend in early August to coincide with back-to-school shopping. Each state specifies the type of purchase that is eligible and the maximum purchase price that is tax-free. The details of each state’s sales tax holiday differ, so make sure to read carefully.

At other times of the year, some states also have a sales tax holiday that focuses on hurricane preparedness items or energy-saving appliances. So if you plan to make one of those purchases, and it’s not an emergency situation, it’s worthwhile to see if your state offers a program like this. You can find a list of all states’ sales tax holidays here.

Here’s a summary of August sales tax holidays, in alphabetical order. The purchases that are eligible and the maximum purchase amount per item, if applicable, are listed.  Follow the link for your state for more details.

Alabama: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), computers ($750), school supplies ($50), books ($30)

Arkansas: Aug. 3-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), school supplies

Connecticut: Aug. 18-24, 2013
Clothing and footwear ($300)

Florida: Aug. 2-4, 2013
School supplies ($15), clothing ($75), computers ($750)

Georgia: Aug. 9-10, 2013
School supplies ($20), clothing ($100), computer ($1,000)

Iowa: Aug. 2-3, 2013
Clothing ($100)

Louisiana: Aug. 2-3, 2013
Nearly all purchases except for cars and restaurant meals ($2,500)

Maryland: Aug. 11-17, 2013
Clothing and footwear ($100)

Missouri: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), computers ($3,500), school supplies ($50)

New Mexico: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), computers ($1,000), computer equipment ($500), school supplies ($30)

North Carolina: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), school supplies ($100), instructional material ($300), computers ($3,500), other computer supplies ($250), sports equipment ($50)

Oklahoma: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100)

South Carolina: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing, school supplies, computers, some bed and bath items

Tennessee: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), school supplies ($100), computers ($1,500)

Texas: Aug. 9-11, 2013
Clothing, backpacks and school supplies ($100)

Virginia: Aug. 2-4, 2013
Clothing ($100), school supplies ($20)

Jody Mace

Jody Mace is a freelance writer who has written for publications like O Magazine, Washington Post, and Parents. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two teenaged kids. Her colleagues are dogs named Harlow and Shaggy. She publishes Charlotte on the Cheap and takes the “cheap” seriously. For fun she plays mandolin and browses at her local Goodwill Store, where she is “Foursquare Mayor,” as long as that Russell G. doesn’t steal it from her again. You can see her celebration of thrift store finds at Thrift Wrecks.

One comment on “Sales tax holidays 2013 back-to-school shopping

  1. Gee…what a shock…Minnesota is not on the list!