Tax-Free Shopping: These States Offer Back-To-School Tax Holidays in 2016

Back-To-School Tax Holidays in 2016

There's not much better than getting a good deal on back-to-school items, especially when you're shopping for four. But know what's even better than getting a great deal?

No sales tax.

As the kiddos dread the end to their summer fun, moms and dads everywhere rejoice! (Haha, okay maybe we're a LITTLE sad to see them go and to realize that they're another year older). Plus the thought of all the money we have to spend to get the kids back-to-school ready - Ugh! It can get pretty expensive that's for sure! And it seems those school supply lists just get longer and longer each year doesn't it?

How can you save on back to school shopping?

Well, many states have started to recognize that and have declared Tax Free Weekends for parents to take advantage of in preparing for a new school year.

Well get ready, parents, because here is the current list of Back To School Tax Free Weekend Holidays for 2016 for your state! Check the list below to see if your state is participating and the date of your tax free weekend (or entire week if you're in Connecticut or Maryland!) That's when you'll be able to shop for all of your Back to School Supplies without paying state sales tax on applicable items! Applicable items include things like Clothing, Books, School Supplies, Laptop Computers and more up to a certain amount (each transaction).

Which States are Tax Free?

Each state is different - There are five states that do not apply ANY sales tax throughout the year (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon), some are offering alternatives to the tax holiday, and some haven't gotten on the bandwagon just yet, so be sure to check the charts below for all things related to the tax holiday!

Participating States

Here is a list of the participating states and their guidelines. If your state is not on this chart they may not be offering a tax holiday or they may have an alternative program in place! Here is a breakdown of each state's tax-free holiday dates or their policy on the tax free holiday:

Alabama Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100
      computers - $750
      school supplies - $50
      books - $30

Alaska Tax Free Weekend

  • Alaska is one of the five states which do not impose regular sales tax at all.

Arizona Tax Free Weekend

  • There is no tax holiday in Arizona yet again this year.

Arkansas Tax Free Weekend

  • August 6-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100
      school supplies

California Tax Free Weekend

  • There is no tax holiday for California again this year.

Colorado Tax Free Weekend

  • While Colorado did off a tax holiday for marijuana sales, there is no tax holiday in place for back to school as of yet.

Connecticut Tax Free Weekend

  • August 14-20, 2016
    • clothing and footwear - $100

Delaware Tax Free Weekend

  • Delaware is one of the five states which do not impose regular sales tax at all.

Florida Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $60
      supplies - $15

Georgia Tax Free Weekend

  • July 29-31, 2016
    • school supplies
      clothing - $100
      supplies - $20
      computers - $1,000

Hawaii Tax Free Weekend

  • There is no tax holiday for Hawaii again this year.

Idaho Tax Free Weekend

  • There is no tax holiday in Idaho again this year.

Illinois Tax Free Weekend

  • Illinois has not offered a tax holiday since 2010.

Indiana Tax Free Weekend

  • Indiana does not offer a tax holiday.

Iowa Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100

Kansas Tax Free Weekend

  • Kansas does not have any scheduled tax holidays.

Kentucky Tax Free Weekend

  • There is currently no tax holiday in Kentucky.

Louisiana Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • all TPP - $2,500
      (2% rate reduction)

Maine Tax Free Weekend

  • There is currently no sales tax holiday in Maine.

Maryland Tax Free Weekend

  • August 14-20, 2016
    • clothing & footwear-$100

Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend

  • Massachusetts has participated in the past 12 years but, due to budget concerns, they are currently in talks about whether to discontinue their state's tax holiday. Therefore no dates for 2016 have been announced yet.

Michigan Tax Free Weekend

  • There is no tax holiday in Michigan again this year.

Minnesota Tax Free Weekend

  • Minnesota does not offer a tax "holiday" but offers tax credits for the purchase of school supplies. Check with your local tax office for details on applicable items and how to claim on your taxes.

Mississippi Tax Free Weekend

  • July 29-31, 2016
    • clothing & footwear - $100

Missouri Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100
      computers - $3,500
      school supplies - $50

Montana Tax Free Weekend

  • Montana is one of the five states which do not impose regular sales tax at all.

Nebraska Tax Free Weekend

  • Nebraska does not currently offer any sales tax holidays.

Nevada Tax Free Weekend

  • Nevada does not currently offer any sales tax holidays.

New Hampshire Tax Free Weekend

  • New Hampshire is one of the five states which do not impose regular sales tax at all.

New Jersey Tax Free Weekend

  • New Jersey does not currently offer any sales tax holidays.

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100
      computers - $1,000
      computer equip. - $500
      school supplies - $30

New York Tax Free Weekend

  • New York does not currently offer any sales tax holidays.

North Carolina Tax Free Weekend

  • 2016 – There is no tax free weekend this year in North Carolina. 2013 was the last year for this state.

North Dakota Tax Free Weekend

  • North Dakota will not be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend this year.

Ohio Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $75
      school supplies - $20
      instructional material - $20

Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100

Oregon Tax Free Weekend

  • Oregon is one of the five states which do not impose regular sales tax at all.

Pennsylvania Tax Free Weekend

  • Pennsylvania does not have a tax holiday but is tax exempt on clothing purchases.

Rhode Island Tax Free Weekend

  • There is currently no tax holiday in Rhode Island.

South Carolina Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing
      school supplies
      computers
      other

South Dakota Tax Free Weekend

  • South Dakota does not offer a tax holiday.

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

  • July 29-31, 2016
    • clothing - $100
      school supplies - $100
      computers - $1,500

Texas Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing, backpacks and school supplies- $100

Utah Tax Free Weekend

  • Utah does not offer a tax holiday.

Vermont Tax Free Weekend

  • Vermont has not offered a sales tax holiday since 2010.

Virginia Tax Free Weekend

  • August 5-7, 2016
    • clothing - $100
      school supplies - $20
      energy star products - $2,500
      hurricane preparedness items - $60
      generators - $1,000

Washington Tax Free Weekend

  • Washington does not currently offer any sales tax holiday.

West Virginia Tax Free Weekend

  • West Virginia hasn't offered a tax holiday since 2004.

Wisconsin Tax Free Weekend

  • Wisconsin does not offer a tax holiday again this year.

Wyoming Tax Free Weeken

  • There is no tax holiday in Wyoming again this year.

Washington, DC Tax Free Weekend

  • DC will not offer a sales tax holiday again this year (hasn't since 2010).

So what does your state offer and how much were you able to save in sales tax this year? Let us know!

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