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2008 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule

Posted By Jim On 04/25/2008 @ 3:35 pm In Shopping | 13 Comments

This page covers the 2008 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule. Here is the latest 2010 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule [3].

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.

  • Alabama [4]August 1st – 3rd, covers clothing <$100 per item, computers/software/computer supplies <$750, school supplies <$50 per item, books <$30 per item.
  • Connecticut [5]August 17th – 23rd, clothing and footwear <$300.
  • Florida [6]August 2nd – 8th, clothing, shoes and backpacks <$50 each, school supplies <$10 each. Looks like there will be no sales tax holidays in Florida [7] (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.
  • Georgia [8]July 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.
  • Iowa [9]August 1st – 2nd, clothing/footwear <$100 per item.
  • LouisianaMay 24th – 25th, hurricane preparedness sale exempting purchases up to $1,500 for emergency items.
  • Massachusetts [10] – 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.
  • Missouri [11]August 1st – 2nd, clothing <$100 each, school supplies <$50 each, computer/equipment <$3500
  • New Mexico [12] – No announcement but usually first weekend in August, clothing/footwear <$100 each, school supplies <$15 each, computers <$1000 and computer equipment <$500.
  • North Carolina [13]August 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.
  • Tennessee [4]April 25th – 27th – Clothing <$100 per item, School and Art Supplies <$100 per item, and Computers <$1500 per bundled package
  • Texas [14]August 15th – 17th, clothing/footwear <$100, backpacks <$100; May 24 – 26 - Energy Star tax holiday [15], eligible items listed on website (thanks Sarah!).
  • Virginia [16] – 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 [17])


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[3] latest 2010 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/sales-tax-holiday-schedule.html

[4] Alabama: http://tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday/

[5] Connecticut: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?Q=315194&A=1436

[6] Florida: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/gta.html

[7] no sales tax holidays in Florida: http://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/979

[8] Georgia: http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/pdf/hb948.pdf

[9] Iowa: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html

[10] Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=dorterminal&L=7&L0=Home&L1=Businesses&L2=Help+%26+Resources&L3=Legal+Library&L4=Technical+Information+Releases&L5=TIRs+-+By+Year(s)&L6=2004+Releases&sid=Ador&b=terminalcontent&f=dor_rul_reg_tir_tir_04_14&csid=Ador

[11] Missouri: http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/taxholiday/

[12] New Mexico: http://www.tax.state.nm.us/

[13] North Carolina: http://www.dor.state.nc.us/taxes/sales/salestax_holiday.html

[14] Texas: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html

[15] Energy Star tax holiday: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_836/

[16] Virginia: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=STHoliday

[17] pulpolux: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pulpolux/114445151/sizes/s/

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