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2018 Back to School Tax Free Holiday Weekend Master Thread

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Hey all, as school starts getting closer and closer, I felt it may be a good idea to post a thread showing which states are participating in tax free weekends and when they occur. It looks like there are 17 states participating this year, with more potentially on the way in future years. Please make sure to verify this information with your states official web page, which have all been linked below.

Source Link [accuratetax.com]

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Alabama July 20 – 22, 2018
- Local sales and use tax may apply.
- Retailers are required to participate and are not allowed to charge tax on items that are including among the exemptions.
- Exempts most general-use clothing priced at $100 or less (shirts, pants, shorts, socks, etc). Accessories, protective equipment, and sports equipment is specifically not exempt.
- Exempts computers, software, and school-related computer supplies priced at $750 or less
- Exempts non-commercial purchases of school supplies priced at $50 or less (such as pens, paper, binders, etc)
- Exempts non-commercial purchases of books priced at $30 or less
See complete list of exempt items [alabama.gov]
More Information [alabama.gov]

Arkansas August 4 – 5, 2018
- Local sales tax also does not apply.
- Exempts most general-use clothing priced at $100 or less (shirts, pants, shorts, socks, etc).
- Exempts most general-use clothing accessories priced at $50 or less (jewelry, watches, briefcases and handbags, etc).
- Exempts purchases of certain school supplies (only specific items listed)
- Exempts purchases of certain school art supplies (only specific items listed)
- Exempts purchases of books related to school or a course of study such as textbooks and reference books
More Information [arkansas.gov]

Connecticut August 19 – 25, 2018
- Exempts general clothing and footwear priced at $100 per item, or less. Certain items are excluded, such as jewelry, sports uniforms, protective equipment, accessories, and insoles.
More Information (from 2017) [ct.gov]

Iowa August 3 – 4, 2018
- Exempts general clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. Certain items are excluded, such as jewelry, watches, protective equipment, umbrellas, skis and skates, and more.
- Local sales tax is not collected during the tax-free weekend
- The exemption only occurs on Friday and Saturday – never Sunday
Representative items that are exempt [iowa.gov]
More Information (from 2017) [iowa.gov]

Louisiana August 3 – 4, 2018
- Reduces the sales tax rate by 2% for all tangible personal property less than $2500
- Local taxes still apply unless the local jurisdiction also exempts their portion of the total sales tax
More information (from 2017) [la.us]

Maryland August 18 – 19, 2018
- Exempts clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per item.
- Under the Seller's Privilege provision [marylandtaxes.gov], retailers selling other items that don't qualify for the tax exemption, may still sell these items tax-exempt and absorb the cost of the tax. Certain rules apply.
More Information (from 2017) [marylandtaxes.gov]

Massachusetts August 12 – 18, 2018
- Includes most tangible personal properly
- Excludes telecommunications, tobacco products subject to the excise imposed by 15 chapter 64C, marijuana products subject to chapter 94G, alcoholic beverages, as defined in 16 section 1 of chapter 138, gas, steam, electricity, motor vehicles, motorboats or a single item the 17 price of which is more than $2,500.
More Information [malegislature.gov]

Mississippi July 27 – 28 2018
- Exempts clothing priced at $100 or less per item.
- Exempts footwear priced at $100 or less per item, but excludes skates, skis, etc.
Accessories (watches, jewelry, wallets, umbrellas, etc) are NOT exempt
- Certain cities may elect not to participate
More Information (2017) [ms.gov] – this document includes a list of eligible and non-eligible items

Missouri August 3 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing having a taxable value of $100 or less
- Exempts school supplies, as long as the total purchase does not exceed $50
- Exempts computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less
- Exempts personal computers with a taxable value of $1,500 or less
- Exempts computer peripheral devices, not to exceed $1,500
- Exempts graphing calculators not to exceed $150
- The sales tax holiday may not apply to any retailer when less than two percent of the retailer's merchandise offered for sale qualifies for the sales tax holiday. However, the retailer must provide the taxpayer a refund of the sales tax paid if the customer requests one.
- Local jurisdictions may elect to participate or not. See the link below for cities which will and will not participate.
More Information (2017) [mo.gov]

New Mexico August 3 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing or shoes priced at less than $100 per unit.
- Exempts desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers priced at $1,000 or less
- Exempts related computer hardware priced at $500 or less.
- Exempts school supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms priced below $30, $100, or $200 per unit, depending on the type of supplies
- Certain exclusions apply in all groups.
More Information (2017) [newmexico.gov]

Ohio August 3 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing priced at $75 or Less
- Exempts school supplies priced at $20 or Less
- Exempts instructional materials priced at $20 or Less
More Information [ohio.gov]

Oklahoma August 3 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing and shoes priced at $100 or less per item
More Information (from 2017) [ok.gov]

South Carolina August 3 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing priced at $100 or Less
- Exempts school supplies priced at $100 or Less
- Exempts computers priced at $1,500 or Less
- Certain items are excluded, such as (but not limited to) rentals, mattresses, cameras, uniforms, sports equipment, and more. See the list here [sc.gov]
More Information (from 2017) [sc.gov]

Tennessee July 27 – 29, 2018
- Exempts most clothing, school supplies, and computers
- Clothing and schools supplies must be individually priced at $100 or less to be exempt.
- Computers must be priced at $1500 or less to qualify for the exemption.
More Information [tn.gov]

Texas August 10 – 12, 2018
- Exempts clothing and footwear priced at less than $100
- Exempts backpacks used by elementary and secondary students priced at less than $100. - Wheeled backpacks are included as long as they can also be worn with straps on a person's back. Luggage is excluded.
- Exempts personal purchase of school supplies. (Businesses must provide an exemption certificate to avoid sales tax.)
- Retailers may not advertise that they will pay customers' sales tax on non-exempt items. However, they may advertise that the selling price includes sales tax.
More Information [texas.gov]

Virginia August 3 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item
- Exempts school supplies costing less than $20 per item
- Exempts portable generators costing less than $1000, gas-powered chainsaws costing less than $350, and chainsaw accessories and other hurricane preparedness items costing less than $60
- Exempts qualifying Energy Star or WaterSense products for home use that cost less than $2500 each
More Information (from 2017) [virginia.gov]

Wisconsin August 1 – 5, 2018
- Exempts clothing, if the sales price of any single item is $75 or less
- A computer purchased by a consumer for the consumer's personal use, if the sales price of the computer is $750 or less
- School computer supplies purchased by the consumer for the consumer's personal use, if the sales price of any single item is $250 or less
- School supplies, if the sales price of any single item is $75 or less
More Information [wi.gov]

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States Without Sales Tax Holidays
The following states do not currently have a planned sales tax holiday: Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Some of these used to have sales tax free weekends/holidays but cancelled them in recent years, Other states are considering new sales tax holidays.

Indiana – Bills in both houses of the state legislature last year would have created a tax-free weekend in Indiana for items like clothing and school supplies. Those bills failed to become law, but it's an idea that has recently been in circulation.
Nebraska – Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha has introduced LB361 that would create a back-to-school sales tax holiday, aiming to keep shoppers from heading to Iowa to make their purchases. (Iowa currently has a sales tax holiday.) The bill would exempt clothing and footwear.
New Mexico – This state is actually looking to get rid of their tax holiday.
Rhode Island – Rep. Joseph Solomon Jr. (D-Warwick), has tried repeatedly to create a tax-free weekend for back-to-school shopping. Similar measures failed in both 2015 and 2016. The proposal would exempt most tangible personal property under $2500 from sales tax.
Tennessee – Tennessee currently has a back-to-school tax holiday, but is considering adding a second-amendment tax holiday as well. It is currently stuck in committee in the senate and has been placed behind the budget in the house.
Texas – Although Texas already has three sales tax holidays, Sen. Brandon Creighton of Conroe has proposed a bill to exempt guns and most hunting supplies for a period just before the start of hunting season for several years in a row.
Virginia – Senator Scott Surovell wants to extend the back-to-school tax free weekend to include computers. Note that this holiday is assumed but not yet official as of this writing.
Washington – House Bill 1457 from Rep. Morgan Irwin would establish a back-to-school sales tax holiday for the state of Washington. If passed, it will exempt clothing items that don't exceed $100 and school supplies of $10 or less from sales tax during the holiday.

Hope this info helps some folks save some money, especially if they're computer shopping.
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The link given for Massachusetts is for a concurrent Saturday / Sunday 2-day sales tax holiday that takes effect in 2019.

August 12 through August 18 in 2018 maybe was proposed, but I do not see it signed here.
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Bump for our Alabama slickdealers.
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No one can answer this. How does it work? Do you go to store and you automatically not pay taxes on these thing? I tried last year and the store don't even know what tax free weekend was.
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