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Tax-Free Shopping in 2013

A list of sales tax holidays for 2013

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Updated August 06, 2013
Sales tax holidays offer consumers a chance to make tax-free purchases at designated times during the year. During these special sales tax holidays, shoppers can purchase certain exempt items without paying state sales tax, although local sales taxes may still apply. Many sales tax holidays are aimed at back-to-school shoppers, while others are designed to encourage energy efficient purchases or early preparation for hurricane season.

The following states have announced sales tax holidays during the year 2013:

  • Alabama – August 2-4: Clothing selling for up to $100 per item, computers and software selling for up to $750, school supplies selling for up to $50, and books selling for up to $30 are all exempt from sales tax.

  • Arkansas – August 3-4: Clothing selling for up to $100 per item, clothing accessories selling for up to $50, school supplies, art supplies, and instructional material such as reference books and textbooks.

  • Connecticut – August 18-24: Clothing and footwear selling for less than $300 per item are exempt from sales tax.

  • Florida – August 2-4: Clothing, footwear and fashion accessories selling for $75 or less per item and school supplies selling for $15 or less per item are exempt from the sales tax. [pdf link]

  • Georgia – August 9-10: Clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item, computers selling for $1,000 or less, and school supplies selling for $20 or less are exempt from the sales tax. [pdf link]

  • Iowa – August 2-3: Clothing and footwear selling for up to $100 is exempt from the sales tax.

  • Louisiana – August 2-3: All tangible personal property selling for up to $2,500 is exempt from the sales tax, except for vehicles, prepared food items, and items to be used for a business, trade, or profession. The sales tax exemption applies only to state-level sales tax. Sales taxes imposed by parishes and local jurisdictions may still apply.

  • Maryland – August 11-17: Clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per item are exempt from the sales tax.

  • Massachusetts – August 10-11: Personal property that costs $2,500 or less per items are exempt from sales tax. The following items, however, are excluded from the sales tax holiday: motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunications services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products and any single item whose price is in excess of $2,500.

  • Mississippi – July 26-27: Clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item are exempt. Clothing accessories are not eligible. The cities of Crenshaw, Enterprise, and Heidelberg are not participating in the sales tax holiday.

  • Missouri – August 2-4: Clothing selling for $100 or less, computers and peripherals selling for up to $3,500, computer software selling for up to $350, and up to $50 per purchase of school supplies are exempt. Quite a few cities and counties are not participating in the sales tax holiday.

  • New Mexico – August 3-5: Clothing and shoes sold for less than $100, computers selling for up to $1,000, computer accessories sold for no more than $500, and school supplies priced under $30 are all exempt. [pdf link]

  • North Carolina – August 2-4: Clothing, shoes and school supplies selling for $100 or less, instructional materials selling for $300 or less, computers selling for $3,500 or less, computer supplies sold for $250 or less, and sports equipment selling for $50 or less are exempt from the sales tax.

  • Oklahoma – August 2-4: Clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 per item are exempt from the sales tax.

  • South Carolina – August 2-4: Clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, computers, software, computer accessories, and household linens are all tax exempt. [pdf link]

  • Tennessee – August 2-4: Clothing and school supplies selling for up to $100 each and computers selling for up to $1,500 are exempt from the sales tax.

  • Texas – August 9-11: Clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies selling for $100 or less per item are tax-exempt.

  • Virginia – Oct. 11-14: Energy Star products selling for $2,500 or less per item are tax-exempt.

  • Virginia – August 2-4: Clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less and school supplies priced at $20 or less per item are tax-exempt.

  • Virginia – May 25-31: Emergency supplies in preparation for the hurricane season are exempt from the sales tax.

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