Tax Free Weekends 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL

It’s that time of year again to start that back-to-school shopping spree.  Back-to-school shopping is one of the biggest shopping seasons for most retail stores. Some states like Maryland and Florida just to name a few like to help their fellow residents out by giving them what they call a tax-free holiday weekend.  There are 17 states that are participating in this tax free holiday weekend, which means you won’t have to pay sales tax on certain items purchased. For the other states that choose not to participate, I would assume that their thought on this tax free holiday weekend didn’t sound to economically appealing and one state this year after years of participating has decided to join the club.

Unfortunately North Carolina has repealed its sales tax holiday this year.  Gov. Pat McCrory signed a tax reform plan into law on July 23, 2013 that eliminates the sales tax holiday for 2014. But having 17 other states that are participating in this tax free holiday gives you the option to cross your state borders and go shopping. So there is no need to worry.  Also, the Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to give Massachusetts shoppers another sales tax holiday this summer but have not decided on a date. It could be August 9 – 10 or August 16 – 17 keep updated by visiting their state website located on the table below.

Do you know when your state’s 2014 tax-free weekend starts? Well below you’ll find the information needed to prepare your day for shopping.  There are links to each states website to give you more info if needed.  Do your research on layaways, online shopping and using discount coupons in combination with this tax free holiday weekend.

 

Happy Shopping!

Debbie Thomas, EA NRB

State Dates Sales Tax Rate Tax-Free Items
Alabama August 1-3 4% Clothing: Including coats, diapers, and shoes. $100 or less per article of clothing – no cosmetics, handbags, dance shoes, or cleated or spiked athletic shoes.
Computers: Including computer packages, PDAs, software, printers, and print cartridges. Single purchase of $750 or less – no cell phones or video games.
School and Art Supplies: (Based on school lists) Backpacks, lunchboxes, and calculators. $50 or less per item.
Textbooks: (Based on school lists) Sale price between $30 and $50.
Other Books: Up to $30.
http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/
Arkansas August 2-3 6% Clothing: Including diapers, coats, shoes, costumes, and wedding apparel. Less than $100 per item.
Accessories: Including handbags, briefcases, wigs, jewelry, and non-prescription sunglasses. Less than $50 per item.
School and Art Supplies: (Based on school lists) Including backpacks, lunchboxes, and calculators. No dollar limit given.
Reference Supplies: Reference books, maps, globes, textbooks, and workbooks. No dollar limit given.
http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/
Connecticut August 17-23 6.35% Clothing and Footwear: Under $300 per item – no athletic uniforms or protective gear.
http://www.ct.gov/drs/
Florida August 1-3 6% Clothing and Shoes: Including diapers, backpacks, coats, costumes, sports uniforms, and cleated or spiked shoes. Up to $75 per item.
School Supplies: Including calculators and lunch boxes. Up to $15 per item.
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/
Georgia August 1-2 4% Clothing and Footwear: Including diapers, athletic clothing, baby clothes, sweaters, uniforms, footwear of all types, and formal wear. Single purchase of $100 or less – no clothing accessories (except belts), handbags, briefcases, cosmetics, and life jackets.
School Supplies: Including calculators, paper, organizers, notebooks, glue, folders, pens, pencils, dictionaries, loose-leaf binders, and children’s books. Single purchase of $20 or less – no janitorial supplies, medical supplies, envelopes, and books (besides children’s books, thesauruses, and dictionaries).
Computers and Software: Including personal computers, book readers, laptops, tablets, data storage devices, monitors, printers, and non-recreational software. Single purchase of $1,000 or less – no batteries, cases, game consoles, projectors, surge protectors, or games.
https://etax.dor.ga.gov/
 

Iowa

 

August 1-2

 

6%

 

Clothing and Footwear: Including work and school uniforms, diapers, and coats. Under $100 per item – no backpacks, book bags, handbags, athletic uniforms, wallets, watches, or shoes with spikes or cleats.

http://www.iowaccess.org/tax/

Louisiana August 1-2 4% Tangible Personal Property (non-business use): Just about everything, including clothing, computers, furniture, school supplies, and more. The first $2,500 per item is tax-free, with the exception of vehicles and restaurant meals (including to-go orders).
http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/
Maryland August 10-16 6% Clothing and Footwear: Including coats, diapers, and work and school uniforms. Items priced at $100 or less – no handbags, backpacks, jewelry, or watches.
http://www.marylandtaxes.com/
Massachusetts

August 9-10 or

August 16-17

6.25%
Almost Anything: Items up to $2,500 or less – no tobacco, gas or meals. A date has not yet been decided as of July 6, 2014.
http://www.mass.gov/dor/
Mississippi July 25-26 7% Clothing and Shoes: Includes diapers, coats, and uniforms. Up to $100 per item. Excludes jewelry, purses, luggage, wallets, backpacks, skates, and skis.
http://www.dor.ms.gov/
Missouri August 1-3 4.225% Clothing and Footwear: Including coats, diapers, shoes, and school uniforms. Up to $100 per item – no watches, handbags, or ties.
School Supplies: Including backpacks, art supplies, handheld calculators, and globes. Up to $50 per purchase – no headphones, sporting equipment, or furniture.
Computers and Software: Including desktop systems, laptops, and peripherals. Up to $3,500 for computers and peripherals; up to $350 for software.
http://dor.mo.gov/
New Mexico August 1-3 5.125% Clothing and Footwear: Including diapers, bridal wear, and school and work uniforms. Less than $100 per item – no athletic uniforms or protective gear, costumes, handbags, or briefcases.
School Supplies: Including art supplies, folders, and binders. Less than $30 per item; less than $200 per item for calculators and less than $100 per item for school backpacks.
Computers: Including tablets, printer paper, ink cartridges, computer speakers, and e-readers that include computing functions like word processing or spreadsheet programs. Less than $1,000 for computers and less than $500 for peripherals and equipment – no scanners, zip drives, or software that is not bundled with a qualifying computer purchase.
http://www.tax.newmexico.gov
 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

August 1-3

 

 

 

4.5%

 

 

Clothing and Shoes: Including clothing or footwear meant to be worn on the body. Less than $100 per item – no accessories, athletic footwear, or protective gear.

http://www.tax.ok.gov/

 

South Carolina

 

 

 

August 1-3

 

 

 

6%

Clothing and Accessories: Including costumes, diapers, handbags, hats, shoes, swimwear, skates, and dance or athletic shoes. No dollar limit given – no rented items, cosmetics, eyewear, or jewelry.
School Supplies: Including calculators, book bags, books, and lunchboxes. No dollar limit given.
Computers, Printers, and Software: Including printer supplies. No dollar limit given – no cell phones, cameras, e-readers, or MP3 players.
Home Linens: Including sheets, towels, bath mats, pillows, and blankets. No dollar limit given – no curtains, furniture, housewares, or table cloths.
http://www.sctax.org/
Tennessee August 1-3 7% Clothing and Footwear: Including coats, school uniforms, shoes, and hats. $100 or less per item – no bags, jewelry, or sports gear.
School Supplies: Including art supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, and calculators. $100 or less per item – no reference books or printer supplies.
Computers: Including tablets, laptops, and peripherals and software bundled with computers. $1,500 or less per item – no separately sold peripherals, software, printers, PDAs, or storage media.
http://tn.gov/revenue/
Texas August 8-10 6.25% Clothing, Footwear, and Backpacks: Including diapers, work clothes and uniforms, coats, and swimwear. Less than $100 per item. Backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students only – no handbags, helmets, or protective sports gear.
School Supplies: Including book bags, lunch boxes, and calculators. Less than $100 per item.
http://www.window.state.tx.us/
Virginia August 1-3 4% Clothing and Footwear: Including coats and rain gear, school uniforms, diapers, and costumes. $100 or less per item – no sports equipment or protective gear, handbags, or jewelry.
School Supplies: Including art supplies, dictionaries and thesauruses, calculators, book bags, and musical instruments. $20 or less per item – no PDAs, printers, or digital storage media.
http://www.tax.virginia.gov/

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