Much to every parent's joy (and every student's dismay), a new school year is coming. While it may be tempting to wait until the last minute to stock up on back-to-school supplies, shopping sooner rather than later could help you save big. Every year in July and August states across the country participate in a tax-free weekend that nixes the sales tax on essentials like clothing, school supplies, books, computers, and more.
What is a tax-free weekend?
Each year, select states participate in a tax-free weekend timed to the start of the new school year. Eligible items you can purchase without paying sales tax vary by state, but often include clothing, footwear, school supplies, books, computers, and more. You'll want to check your local government's website to read the fine-print though, as some categories have a price cap on how much you can spend and local sales tax may still apply in certain areas.
Is my state participating?
If you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, you are eligible to participate in a tax-free weekend between August 1 and August 25. Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi also participated in 2018's tax-free weekends in July (but if you missed it, there are some crazy back-to-school deals you can still shop!)
See the chart below for the dates, times, and tax exemptions happening in your state.
Can I shop online and get the same tax-free deal?
Yes! You don't need to leave your couch to participate in your area's tax-free weekend. So long as you are making a qualifying purchase during your state's shopping holiday, you are except from paying sales tax on your purchase from online retailers. Some retailers — like — will automatically remove the sales tax from eligible purchases, but for others you may need to submit your receipt for reimbursement.