This page covers the 2009 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule. Here is the list of the 2010 Sales Tax Holidays .
With the economy in a funk and consumers looking to save as much as they can, one of the best ways to shave several percentage points off your purchase is to wait until a sales tax holiday! States started having sales tax holidays several years ago and discovered that a lot of people were taking advantage of them. It’s the perfect marriage of consumer saving money and their representatives earning brownie points for giving them that opportunity. Despite the numerous reports of state budget shortfalls, many of these sales tax holidays are still in effect. I don’t expect to see many state legislators introducing bills canceling “long” standing sales tax holidays!
There are typically three major types of sales tax holidays: hurricane preparedness, clothing and school supplies, and energy efficient appliances. Hurricane preparedness sales tax holidays usually occur in late April or May. Clothing and school supplies sales tax holidays are almost always in August, just before school starts. Energy efficient appliances are generally in the winter and have the longest periods, some as many as two months (West Virginia).
As always, residents of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon can skip this list because 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  – August 7-9, covers clothing <$100 per item, computers/software/computer supplies <$750, school supplies <$50 per item, books <$30 per item. Not all counties participate so here's the list of participating counties in Alabama .
- Connecticut  – August 16-22, clothing and footwear <$300.
- District of Columbia – No official announcement but it’s usually a week in August and a week in November, clothing/accessories/shoes <$100 and school supplies <$100. In 2008, the dates were August 1-9 and November 27 - December 6.
- Florida  – No sales tax holidays in Florida in 2009, they must vote on it this year and the issue wasn’t raised this year. [cancelled]
- Georgia  – HB 120, which would enact this year’s sales tax holiday, was sent to the governor on 4/13/2009 to be signed into law. It calls for the dates to be July 30 – August 2 on clothing <$100, computer/equipment < $1500, school supplies <$20; the bill also establishes a tax free week for energy efficient appliances <$1500 for October 1 – 4. [pending]
- Iowa  – August 7-8, covers clothing/footwear <$100 per item.
- Louisiana  – Usually has two sales tax holidays during the year. The first is usually the first Friday and Saturday in August (August 7 – 8 for 2009) for “tangible personal property for non-business use” for items less than $2,500. The second in the end of May is on hurricane preparedness items less than $1,500. I couldn’t find any information on the LA Dept of Revenue website on a 2009 sales tax holiday date [status unknown].
- Maryland – No sales tax holiday for 2009.
- Massachusetts -There was a tax holiday on Energy Star compliant products on August 15th & 16th on anything with a sale price <$2,500 with some exceptions. Last year, the bill was signed into law at the end of July . There are no other sales tax holidays for 2009.
- Mississippi  – July 31 – August 1, clothing/footwear <$100.
- Missouri  – August 7-9, clothing <$100 each, school supplies <$50 each, computer/equipment <$3500. We've also already passed the Missouri sales tax holiday on energy star products (April 19-25), called the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday .
- New Mexico  – August 7-9, clothing/footwear <$100 each, school supplies <$15 each, computers <$1000 and computer equipment <$500.
- North Carolina  – August 7-9, covers clothing <$100 per item, school instructional materials <$300 per item, sports & rec equipment <$50 per item, computers/software/computer supplies <$250 per item. November 6-8 for qualified energy star rated appliances for non-business purposes.
- Oklahoma  – August 7-9, covers clothing/footwear <$100 each.
- Rhode Island  – Rhode Island tried to pass a sales tax holiday bill but the state budget crisis precluded its passage for 2009.
- South Carolina  – August 7-9, exempts clothing, school supplies computers & computer software, towels, sheets, and other items. October 1-31 exempts certain qualified Energy Star items for personal use less than $2,5000. November 27-28, exempts handguns, rifles, and shotguns excluding antique/collectible handguns.
- Tennessee  – August 7-9 – Clothing <$100 per item, School and Art Supplies <$100 per item, and Computers <$1500 per bundled package
- Texas  – August 21-23, clothing/footwear <$100, backpacks <$100; May 23-25 exempts certain energy star qualified products.
- Virginia  – There are three holidays for 2009 in May, August, and October. May 25-31, designated hurricane preparedness equiment priced <$60 per item and portable generators priced <$1,000 per item. August 7-9, back-to-school sales tax holiday on school supplies <$20 per item and clothing & footwear <$100 per item. Finally, October 9-12, 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.  – November 27 – December 6, no sales tax on clothes, accessories, shoes, and school supplies on items <$100.
- West Virginia  – September 1 – November 30, exempts energy star products up to $5,000.
And for those of you who live in Pennsylvania, consider yourself lucky as you have a clothing and footwear sales tax holiday from January 1st to December 31st!
If you’re curious how the sales tax holidays have changed, here is 2008’s sales tax holiday schedule .
(photo by pulpolux )