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2012 Sales Tax Holiday Scheduled Dates

Posted By Miranda Marquit On 07/30/2012 @ 12:01 pm In Shopping | 17 Comments

It’s nice to be able to avoid sales taxes sometimes. It’s a common gimmick amongst car dealers and some furniture stores to get you in the door: “We’ll pay your sales tax!”

But there are some states that actually offer holidays on sales tax. Even though it means a reduction in revenue for the states, they still line up for the sales tax holidays because consumers love them. The idea is that a sales tax holiday can encourage shopping and boost the economy in the state — and maybe even draw consumers from neighboring states to do a little shopping.

Some states don’t even charge sales tax at all. If you live in Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, or Oregon, you already know that there’s no sales tax. And in Pennsylvania, you don’t have to worry about sales tax on clothing.

Here are a list of states with upcoming sales tax holidays. Check to see if your state is on the list. You can follow the links for more information:

  • Alabama [3], August 3-5: This sales tax holiday is all about purchasing school supplies. Certain clothing items (less than $100 per item), computer items (less than $750 per item), school supplies ($50 or less per item), and books ($30 or less per item) can be purchased without paying sales tax or use tax.
  • Arkansas [4], August 4-5: Another school supply sales tax holiday, Arkansas lets you get away with pay no tax on clothing that is less $100 per item, as well as accessories and equipment of less than $50 per item. School supplies, art supplies and instructional materials have no tax.
  • Connecticut [5], August 19-25: There is no sales tax on clothing on footwear (excluding accessories and protective athletic clothing/gear) on up to $300 per item.
  • Florida [6], August 3-5: Clothing, footwear and accessories are exempt up to $75 per item, and school supplies are exempt up to $15 per item.
  • Georgia [7], August 10-11: Clothing and footwear (not accessories) is exempt up to $100 per item. Single purchases of personal computers and accessories are exempt up to $1,000 per item. School supplies, including books on school reading lists, are exempt for $20 per item or less. There is another sales tax holiday, October 5-7, for energy efficient and water efficient products.
  • Iowa [8], August 3-4: Clothing and footwear, $100 per item, not including accessories.
  • Louisiana [9], August 3-4: All purchases of tangible personal property, up to $2,500 per item, are exempt from sales tax. Another holiday, from September 7-9, will exempt consumer purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.
  • Maryland [10], August 12-18: Qualifying apparel, including clothing, footwear, and accessories, are exempt from sales tax, up to $100 per item.
  • Massachusetts [11], August 11-12: It wasn’t clear whether this was approved yet but a bill was proposed for the weekend listed. I couldn’t find information on the Mass.gov website though.
  • Mississippi [12], July 27-28: Clothing and footwear are exempted, up to $100 per item.
  • Missouri [13], August 3-4: The “Show Me” state is offering exemptions on clothing ($100 or less per item), school supplies ($50 or less per item), computer software ($350 or less per item), and computers ($3,500 or less per item).
  • New Mexico [14], August 3-5: Another back to school sale, New Mexico’s focuses on clothing and footwear ($100 or less per item), school supplies ($15 or less per item), computers ($1,000 or less per item), specific computer related items ($500 or less per item).
  • North Carolina [15], August 3-5: North Carolina’s sales tax free weekend includes exemptions for clothing up to $100, sport/recreational equipment up to $500, computers up to $3,500, computer supplies up to $250, and school supplies up to $100. These are some of the most generous per-item exemptions of all the sales tax holiday states. Qualified Energy Star appliances are exempt November 2-4.
  • Oklahoma [16], August 3-5: Clothing and footwear — with the exception of athletic or protective clothing and footwear — is exempt for up to $100 per item.
  • South Carolina [17], August 3-5: The holiday in South Carolina includes clothing and certain accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers and accessories, and even bed and bath items. A great way to outfit your college-bound student.
  • Tennessee [18], August 3-5: Clothing $100 or less, School Supplies $100 or less, and Computers $1500 or less. (Thanks Zenda!)
  • Texas [19], August 17-19: Clothing and footwear, as well as backpacks for elementary and secondary students, as well as most school supplies, are exempt from sales tax for up to $100 per item.
  • Virginia [20], August 3-5: Clothing and footwear are exempt for up to $100 per item, and school supplies are exempt for up to $20 per item. There is another holiday, for energy efficient and water efficient appliances October 5-8.

If we missed your state, please let us know in the comments please!

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[3] Alabama: http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/salestaxhol.htm

[4] Arkansas: http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/exciseTax/salesanduse/Pages/taxHoliday.aspx

[5] Connecticut: http://http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?Q=463054&A=1436

[6] Florida: http://http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/tip12a01-02.pdf

[7] Georgia: http://www.tjscpa.com/2012/georgias-2012-sales-tax-holidays-frequently-asked-questions/

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

[9] Louisiana: http://http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/general/hottopics/salestaxholiday.aspx

[10] Maryland: http://www.marylandtaxes.com/ShopMD_2012/default.asp

[11] Massachusetts: http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x500782385/Mass-sales-tax-holiday-looks-likely-Aug-11-12

[12] Mississippi: http://www.dor.ms.gov/secondsalestaxholiday.html

[13] Missouri: http://http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/

[14] New Mexico: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/SiteCollectionDocuments/B-200.18__Tax%20Holiday%20Item%20List_7-12.pdf

[15] North Carolina: http://http://www.dornc.com/press/2012/salesholiday.html

[16] Oklahoma: http://www.tax.ok.gov/stholiday.htmlhttp://www.tax.ok.gov/stholiday.html

[17] South Carolina: http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Policy/Sales+Tax+Holiday+Information.htm

[18] Tennessee: http://tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday/

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

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

[21] pinksherbet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/2796862756/sizes/s/

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