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A Complete List of Sales Tax Holidays in 2017

Sales tax holidays are a surprisingly great way to save money, especially during the back-to-school shopping season.

On specific dates, states do not require merchants to charge customers sales tax. Even if sales tax seems like a minor line item in your budget, it can make a big difference.

Sales tax holidays are an excellent time to purchase big ticket items that are on your list, or to get the kids’ clothes for the school year. Retailers often make this time even more enticing by offering additional sales and discounts during these tax holidays.

Not all states offer sales tax holidays. The ones that do set their own dates and rules. For instance, in some states, only certain school supplies count. In others, weather preparedness items, Energy Star products, and more are eligible.

Before you go purchase a new fridge or school uniform, check this list to see if your state has a sales tax holiday this year:

StateDatesEligible Items and Limits
AlabamaJuly 21-23

  • Clothing - $100/per item

  • Computers, Software, and School Computer Supplies - $750/purchase

  • Noncommercial School Supplies - $50/item

  • Noncommercial Books - $30/item
ArkansasAugust 5-6
  • Clothing and Shoes - $100/item

  • Clothing Accessories - $50/item

  • School Supplies and Instructional Materials
ConnecticutAugust 20-26Clothing and Shoes - $100/item
FloridaJune 2-4Disaster Preparedness Items, Including:
  • Reusable Ice - $10

  • Portable, Self-Powered Lights - $20

  • Gas or Diesel Fuel Containers - $25

  • Batteries, Coolers, Ice Chests - $30

  • Tarps, Sheeting, Anchor Systems, Tie-Down Kits, etc. - $50

  • Portable Generators - $750
FloridaAugust 4-6
  • Clothing, Footwear, Wallets, Bags - $60/item

  • School Supplies - $15/item

  • Computers - $750/item

IowaAugust 4-5Clothing and Shoes - $100/item
LouisianaMay 27-28Hurricane Preparedness Items, Including:
  • Portable Light Sources
  • Portable, Self-Powered Radios
  • Tarpaulins, etc.
  • Anchors and Tie-Down Systems
  • Gas or Diesel tanks
  • Batteries
  • Nonelectric Coolers
  • Portable Generators
  • Storm Shutters
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • "Blue Ice" Products

Lowered state sales tax rate on the first $1,500 of the sales price of each item.
LouisianaAug 4-5Sales tax reduction on "most items of tangible personal property." Available for the first $2,500 of sales price of the item.
LouisianaSept 1-3Items Exempt from Local Tax and with Reduced State Tax Include:
  • Archery Items
  • Off-Road Vehicles Designed for Hunting
  • Airboats and Pirogues
  • Hunting Accessories
  • Animal Feed for Game
  • Hunting Apparel and Safety Gear
  • Other Hunting Supplies
MarylandFeb 18-20EnergyStar Items, Including:
  • Air Conditioners
  • Clothes Washers and Dryers
  • Furnaces and Heat Pumps
  • Boilers
  • Refrigerators
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • CFL and LED Bulbs
MarylandAug 13-19Clothing and Footwear - $100/item
MississippiJuly 28-29Clothing and Footwear - $100/item
MississippiAug 25-27Firearms, Ammunition, and Hunting Supplies
MissouriAug 4-6
  • Clothes - $100/item
  • School Supplies - $50/item
  • Computer Software - $350/item
  • Computers and Accessories - $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators - $150/item
MissouriApril 19-25EnergyStar Certified Appliances, Including:
  • Clothes Washers
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Water Heaters
  • Dishwashers
  • Air Conditioners
  • Furnaces
  • Refrigerators
  • Heat Pumps
Up to $1,500 Per Appliance
New MexicoAug 4-6
  • Clothing and Shoes - $100/item
  • School Supplies - $30/item
  • Computers, Some e-Readers, Tablets - $1,000/item
  • Computer-Related Items - $500/item
  • Bookbags, Backpacks, Maps, and Globes - $100/item
  • Handheld Calculators - $200/item
Note: Not all retailers participate
OhioAug 4-6
  • Clothing - $100/item
  • School Supplies - $20/item
  • Instructional Materials - $20
OklahomaAug 4-6Clothing and Shoes - $100/item
South CarolinaAug 4-6
  • Clothing and Accessories
  • Footwear
  • School Supplies
  • Computers, Printers, and Printer Supplies
  • Computer Software
  • Certain Bed and Bath Items
TennesseeJuly 28-30
  • Clothes - $100/item
  • School Supplies - $100/item
  • Computers - $1,500
TexasApril 28-30, 2018Less than $3,000:
  • Portable Generators
Less than $300:
  • Emergency Ladders
  • Hurricane Shutters
Less than $75:
  • Axes
  • Batteries
  • Can Openers - Nonelectric
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Coolers and Ice Chests
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fuel Containers
  • Ground Anchor Systems
  • Hatchets
  • Ice Products
  • Portable, Self-Powered Light Sources
  • Mobile Phone Batteries
  • Portable, Self-Powered Radios
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Tarps
TexasMay 26-28, 2018EnergyStar Products:
  • Air Conditioners
  • Refrigerators
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Incandescent and Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Programmable Thermostats
TexasAug 11-13
  • Clothing and Shoes - $100/item
  • School Supplies - $100/item
VirginiaAug 4-6School Supplies, Clothing, and Shoes:
  • School Supplies - $20/item
  • Clothing and Footwear - $100/item
Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:
  • Portable Generators - $1,000/item
  • Gas-Powered Chainsaws - $350/item
  • Chainsaw Accessories - $60/item
  • Other Items - $60/item
EnergyStar and WaterSense Products:
  • Qualifying Products for Home Use - $2,500/item

Published or updated July 17, 2017.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar 1 lynn

I noticed NY isn’t on the list.

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avatar 2 qixx

neither is Washington. For sales tax holiday i just shop in Oregon when i visit family.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

Here in Missouri, our tax holiday just concluded and it was a success when looking at it from a business or consumer perspective. We consumers were able to reduce our cost on all sorts of purchases but the Back-to-School thing is laughable. My wife and I both bought new clothes for an upcoming cruise. Retailers had a great weekend too as consumers flocked-in from Arkansas and Illinois. Some came from as far away as Little Rock -heck of a drive- not only for the tax relief but also for the many sales that accompanied the weekend. Although there may have been some who did not offer additional discounts there were many that coupled sales along with the holiday in order to achieve greater volume. Except for having to tolerate the whining from the other side of the Mississippi it was a good weekend for smart shoppers.

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avatar 4 shellye

Texas’ list of tax-exempt items is pretty stingy; back in the day, half of Oklahoma used to come down here to shop our tax-free weekend. Not only has that state now initiated their own tax-free weekend, but they made it earlier in the month. Ours is literally the weekend before school starts. According to my daughter, who works in a retail store in one of the malls here, business has been crazy for the past two or three weeks. Seems like shoppers here can’t or won’t wait two more weeks to save on sales tax.

For those in Louisiana or Massachusetts – what is “tangible personal property” that you can buy tax-free? That sounds intriguing.

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avatar 5 Anonymous

As far as Businesses go, tangible personal property describes personal property that can be physically relocated, such as furniture and office equipment. Tangible personal property is always depreciated over either a five- or seven-year period using straight-line amortization, but is eligible for accelerated depreciation as well. For the MA/LA tax payer ???????

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avatar 6 wylerassociate

I noticed that Arizona or Michigan are not on the list as well.

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avatar 7 Cejay

Georgia stopped their tax free shopping days last year. I guess we were losing too much money since everyone got smart. I did not go shopping at all that weekend. The stores were much too crowded. I thought that it was a great idea but the policitians thought otherwise.

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avatar 8 skylog

pennsylvania is not on this list as well. as a resident of the keystone state, it is nice that we are not taxed on clothes, but i have to say that i would not mind trading that in for the chance to not pay taxes on a large purchase once a year.

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avatar 9 Anonymous

It never ceases to amaze me how state governments can argue that increasing taxes won’t negatively impact the economy, and then turn around an promote tax holidays! Despite their words to the contrary, this action alone shows they do not believe what they say!

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