List of Tax-Free Holidays for Back-to-School Shopping – 2016

It’s hard to believe, but summer break is winding down and school will be back in session soon. That means that back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and parents around the country are groaning over long lists of mandatory supplies. Luckily, residents in 18 states can take advantage of additional savings through their state’s tax-free holiday. Check out our tips below to make the most of your tax-free holiday, and be sure to look at the chart so you know when to shop.

What you may not know

  • Online sellers also participate during sales tax holidays. Amazon, for example, will turn off sales tax collection for items coded as school supplies during the corresponding weekends for each state.
  • Some states may include cosmetics, hair bows, jewelry, etc. in conjunction with clothing. Be sure to check the details for your state.
  • The tax free holiday is more than just back to school. Baby items are included on some lists. In Virginia, diapers, bibs, and blankets are just a few items that will be tax free.
  • Although it may be hard to find one under $100, wedding dresses and tuxedos are also tax exempt.

When is YOUR tax free weekend?

Here is list of participating states and links to get more information on your specific state’s guidelines.

State Dates Details
Alabama August 5-7 More Information
Arkansas August 6-7 More Information
Florida August 5-7 More Information
Georgia July 30-31 More Information
Iowa August 5-6 More Information
Louisiana August 5-6 More Information
Maryland August 14-20 More Information
Mississippi July 29-30 More Information
Missouri August 5-7 More Information
New Mexico August 5-7 More Information
Ohio August 5-7 More Information
Connecticut August 21-27 More Information
Oklahoma August 5-7 More Information
South Carolina August 5-7 More Information
Connecticut August 21-27 More Information
Tennessee July 29-31 More Information
Texas August 5-7 More Information
Virginia August 5-7 More Information

Note: The following states are not participating in sales tax holidays in 2016. Be sure to check your state to ensure that legislation has not changed since creating this list:

Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, 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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