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Shopping Contentment!This page covers the 2008 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule. Here is the latest 2010 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule.

Since many states are having their first tax-free period (for hurricane preparedness) this weekend, I thought it would be helpful if someone did a recap of all the tax sales across the nation (I’m unaware of a similar list for 2008 existing anywhere), so I did searches of all the states and collected the information on any sales tax holidays they are having. Many states have scaled back the tax-free program because of projected tax revenue shortfalls (Florida canceled its spring tax sale for hurricane preparedness supplies and shortened its typically ten day school supply tax-free period to seven days) but many still have some sort of program in place.

What started as a tax holiday on clothing and shoes has now spread to multiple tax sales for some states. Some have a spring-time hurricane preparedness tax-free period, some have added an energy efficiency related tax-free period for the fall, and some have all three. Below is as comprehensive a list as I could manage and I hope you find it useful. If a state doesn’t appear, I believe it doesn’t have a sales tax holiday or it’s Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire or Oregon and they don’t have a sales tax. :)

The state names link to the state’s Department of Revenue or some other resource that will fully explain every last painful detail of the tax holiday in that state, such as exceptions to the tax holiday.

  • AlabamaAugust 1st – 3rd, covers clothing <$100 per item, computers/software/computer supplies <$750, school supplies <$50 per item, books <$30 per item.
  • ConnecticutAugust 17th – 23rd, clothing and footwear <$300.
  • FloridaAugust 2nd – 8th, clothing, shoes and backpacks <$50 each, school supplies <$10 each. Looks like there will be no sales tax holidays in Florida (Thanks Aileen!) this year. The spring-time hurricane preparedness tax-free period was canceled for 2008 and the usual 10 day tax-free period for school supplies was scaled back to only 7 zero days.
  • GeorgiaJuly 31st – August 3rd, clothing <$100, computer/equipment < $1500, school supplies <$20, energy efficient appliances <$1500; there is also debate over an energy efficient related tax sale in early October.
  • IowaAugust 1st – 2nd, clothing/footwear <$100 per item.
  • LouisianaMay 24th – 25th, hurricane preparedness sale exempting purchases up to $1,500 for emergency items.
  • Massachusetts – Has not yet established the dates of the sales tax holiday but is usually the second weekend in August, covers anything with a sale price <$2,500 with some exceptions.
  • MissouriAugust 1st – 2nd, clothing <$100 each, school supplies <$50 each, computer/equipment <$3500
  • New Mexico – No announcement but usually first weekend in August, clothing/footwear <$100 each, school supplies <$15 each, computers <$1000 and computer equipment <$500.
  • North CarolinaAugust 1st – 3rd, covers clothing <$100 per item, school instructional materials <$300 per item, sports & rec equipment <$50 per item, computers/software/computer supplies <$250 per item.
  • Oklahoma – No announcement yet but usually a weekend in August, covers clothing/footwear <$100 each.
  • TennesseeApril 25th – 27th – Clothing <$100 per item, School and Art Supplies <$100 per item, and Computers <$1500 per bundled package
  • TexasAugust 15th – 17th, clothing/footwear <$100, backpacks <$100; May 24 – 26 - Energy Star tax holiday, eligible items listed on website (thanks Sarah!).
  • Virginia – There are three holidays for 2008 in May, August, and October. May 25th – 31st, designated hurricane preparedness equiment priced <$60 per item and portable generators priced <$1,000 per item. August 1st – 3rd, back-to-school sales tax holiday on school supplies <$20 per item and clothing & footwear <$100 per item. Finally, October 10th – 13th, energy savings sales tax holiday on Energy Star Qualified products including appliances purchased for noncommercial home or personal use <$2,500 each.
  • Washington D.C. – No official announcement but it’s usually a week in August and a week in November, clothing/accessories/shoes <$100 and school supplies <$100.

If I missed a state, please let me know and I’ll add them. I thought it was funny that Maryland’s first sales tax holiday wouldn’t be until 2010… I’m not buying any clothes or shoes until then!

(photo by pulpolux)

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13 Responses to “2008 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule”

  1. Sarah says:

    Texas also has a tax-free holiday on some energy-efficient appliances on Memorial Day weekend:

    http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_836/

  2. What’s the deal Maryland – 2010? I send you loads of property tax, and you can’t return the love? not nice sir, not nice at all.

  3. rocketc says:

    hmmm. . . a why is there a picture of a fetching young lass at the top of your post? is that a new SEO trick? :)

  4. rocketc: she’s shopping. tax free, no less. ;)

  5. donna jean says:

    I also went looking for Maryland’s holiday since it’s usually right before school starts and thought the 2010 thing was a joke. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to find them announcing a date in a month or two – especially with the recent sales tax increase and plenty of people willing to drive to DE or PA* for back to school clothing shopping. If I was a local merchant, I’d certainly be pushing for a tax-free holiday.

    *PA also has a 6% rate, but I believe most shoes and clothing are exempt.

  6. Trent Hamm says:

    Since my wife’s a teacher and we have two children, we usually take big-time advantage of the Iowa tax holiday, which is perfectly timed to help her update her teacher wardrobe and get new clothes for the kids if we need any. Also, stores often stack at least some sort of sale on top of this to get people into *their* store because they know a lot of people are out and about buying clothes.

  7. Phil says:

    I like your choice for shoppers in your photo.

    Very nice!

  8. J C says:

    Hi there! The Federation of Tax Administrators maintains a page listing the various tax holidays as well:

    http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html

    I work in sales tax and one of my jobs is coordinating the tax holidays for my company and I find the FTA page a huge help in keeping me (mostly) sane during the back to school tax holiday season!

  9. Jeannie says:

    Just so you know…Florida cancelled it all. No tax break for hurricane season or for school supply shopping. How sad that is since we are all suffering the high prices in grocery and gas. Apparently our legislature is not suffering and can still afford the $5 coffee beverages and expensive traveling and dining. I’m sure all of that is “business related”; yeah right!!!

  10. Suzanne says:

    Has Florida confirmed an August sales tax holiday this year (2008)?

  11. Aileen says:

    Please Note that FLORIDA as of July 8,2008 – WILL NOT have a school tax holiday. I have attached a link for you to read the article

    http://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/979

  12. kim says:

    I am searching for New York State. Will be purchasing a laptop and I want to take advantage of tax free dates.

  13. Meme says:

    When does this get updated for 2009?


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