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2010 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule

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Sales!This page covers the 2010 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule.

Sales tax holidays have gained in popularity in recent years, in part because of the economy but mostly because everyone wants to get a good deal, and more and more states are starting to get in the fun. It will be interesting to see what states do this year as many are seeing budget shortfalls as a result of sagging home prices. It’s a trade-off between boosting the economy and surrendering tax revenue (and politicians voting against very popular sales tax holidays!), it’ll be interesting to see as we start to near the usual “full swing” period of sales tax holidays.

There are usually three different 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 the period before school starts, so sometime in August. Finally, Energy efficiency tax sales appear in the winter and last several months.

Of course, residents of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon never pay sales taxes.

The state names link to the state’s Department of Revenue or some other resource that explains the sales tax holiday in detail:

  • AlabamaAugust 6-8, 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.
  • ConnecticutAugust 15-21, clothing and footwear <$300.
  • District of Columbia -No Sales Tax Holiday, it was repealed. [repealed]
  • FloridaAugust 13-15, books, clothing and footwear <$50 and school supplies <$10.
  • Georgia – The sales tax bill stalled in the legislature, no 2010 sales tax holiday. [legislation stalled]
  • IowaAugust 6-7, covers clothing/footwear <$100 per item.
  • Louisiana – Two sales tax holidays during the year. The first is usually the first Friday and Saturday in August (August 6-7, 2010) 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 (May 29-30, 2010).
  • MarylandAugust 8-14, clothing or footwear <$100 excluding accessory items (jewelry, watches, handbags, etc.). In 2011, February 19-21, there will be an Energy Star Product weekend with no sales tax collected on sales of eligible items.
  • MassachusettsAugust 14-15 will be tax free weekend, Gov. Patrick signed the bill for a sales tax holdiay on August 5th.
  • MississippiJuly 30 – 31, clothing/footwear <$100.
  • MissouriAugust 6-8, clothing <$100 each, school supplies <$50 each, computer/equipment <$3500. Also, Missouri sales tax holiday on energy star products (April 19-25), called the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday.
  • New MexicoAugust 6-8, clothing/footwear <$100 each, school supplies <$15 each, computers <$1000 and computer equipment <$500.
  • North CarolinaAugust 6-8, 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 5-7 for qualified energy star rated appliances for non-business purposes.
  • OklahomaAugust 6-8, covers clothing/footwear <$100 each.
  • Rhode Island – The fate of Rhode Island’s sales tax holiday is still unknown.
  • South CarolinaAugust 6-8, 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.
  • TennesseeAugust 6-8 – Clothing <$100 per item, School and Art Supplies <$100 per item, and Computers <$1500 per bundled package
  • TexasAugust 20-22, clothing/footwear <$100, backpacks <$100; May 23-25 exempts certain energy star qualified products.
  • Virginia – There are three holidays for 2010 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 6-8, back-to-school sales tax holiday on school supplies <$20 per item and clothing & footwear <$100 per item. Finally, October 8-11, energy savings sales tax holiday on Energy Star Qualified products including appliances purchased for noncommercial home or personal use <$2,500 each.
  • West VirginiaSeptember 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 and 2009′s sales tax holiday schedule.

(photo by brook)

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43 Responses to “2010 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule”

  1. Adam says:

    Figures Maryland isn’t on there. I guess we are out of luck!

  2. Liz Kay says:

    Somehow, these sales tax holidays seem like a poor incentive to buy. I wouldn’t get excited for a sale advertising items for say, 6 percent off (the sales tax rate in South Carolina). With most tax-free purchases of clothing and school supplies capped at about $100 or less, we’re not talking big savings unless you’ve got coupons or other discounts to stack. Buying clearance items or consignment/thrift store clothes for kids seems like a better deal. (Tax holidays on appliances are another story, of course.) You could always buy online with free shipping codes to avoid taxes. That way you save on the gas, too.

    • Jim says:

      I agree with you but the $100 limit is per item in most states, so it excludes the expensive/luxury items but wouldn’t exclude a large number of cheaper items.

      It is a bit of a red herring because it’s just shifts consumer behavior, it doesn’t change it. If you need something today, you probably aren’t going to wait until August for the savings. If you don’t need it, then, well, you don’t need it right?

    • chatgirl says:

      Where we live in TN, the sales tax is 9.75% so even on clearance children clothing, it is helpful. I do like the online idea!! Thanks!

  3. Dave says:

    Yeah, the communist state of NJ isn’t on there either…

  4. Kate Kashman says:

    What is up with Pennsylvania? We lived there last year, and I could never understand why no tax on clothes?

  5. hoosierbee says:

    I think Minnesota has a similar no tax on clothes policy? Too bad Indiana has nothing!

  6. Paige says:

    Yay! Mississippi didn’t offer this in the past, so I am excited. @Liz Kay-take advantage of this @ thrift stores, that’s what I plan on doing. I go there regularly anyways, so it’s not like I will be making an extra trip. Woohoo!

  7. Matt Jabs says:

    C’mon Michigan…get w/the program!

    Thanks anyway Jim! ;-)

    • Melissa says:

      Yeah I agree……..ofcourse the money hungary politicians in Lansing wouldn’t allow for us to not pay any taxes. LOL I already emailed my congress person and the governor…what a joke!

  8. FMF says:

    Matt –

    Knowing our state, they’ll probably INCREASE taxes for a day and call it a holiday!

  9. Ryan says:

    There were words beside that picture of some hot ass female?

  10. katy says:

    Jim, where’s New York? Blitzberg is killing us!

  11. Great info with an eye-candy bonus. Anyone you know?

  12. MoneyNing says:

    It was probably wishful thinking that California would have one :) I can always fly/drive to Missouri to buy my laptop though!

    (I will probably come out even but it will make for an interesting journey)

  13. eric says:

    Damn you CA.

  14. CuriousAG says:

    New Yorkers miss Sales Tax Holiday :(

  15. barry says:

    Tax-Free Weekend is FABULOUS, as long as you still look for items on sale, or shop at Ross/TJMaxx/Marshall’s etc AND you don’t JUST go shopping to not have to pay tax! You buy stuff you actually need.

  16. thomas says:

    sweet – I will be in a tax free state during this time. Instant 9% discount. I’ll start my piggy bank now.

  17. bayas2tcnj says:

    No NJ or NY? or will you be updating this list ;-(

    • Jim says:

      New York has a 365 day tax exemption on clothing and footwear under $110 per item/pair, so there’s no point listing them.

      New Jersey doesn’t have one yet.

      • Renee says:

        NY drops their state sales tax, but it’s up to the individual county whether or not to exempt their tax also. Few do. But, it’s still about half tax all the time. :D

      • Steve says:

        New Jersey has never had sales tax on necessities/essential items such as most foods, clothing or soap.

  18. Splendor says:

    Idaho doesn’t have one. :(

    But Oregon and Montana are only a drive away. :)

  19. scott says:

    we need that no sales tax hoilday down here in FL that is what make job when you buy some thing like power you make jobs and they make work and then they make more jobs when they go out to eat so i am for the no sales tax hoilday here in FL

  20. wendy says:

    is there even a sale tax day in MA for 2009? People say there is not going to be one. Do you know if they are still haven it in August?

  21. Bluebird says:

    As a Californian (current tax in L.A. County is 9.75%), I buy as much as I can from online retailers that don’t charge tax, many like Amazon throw in free shipping if you buy at least $25 worth. I also frequent retailers that have no sales tax sales. Kohls is having one this Fri & Sat.
    Of course, raising the sales tax to nearly 10% is not going to bring in more money like they thought – even the rich don’t want to spend an extra 10% when they don’t have to elsewhere.

  22. Jesus C says:

    Damn Cali…. Like some1 else said they will probably raise Taxes and call it a BARGAIN

  23. Ronald says:

    I hardly doubt Ohio will get with the program as they been raising taxes and don’t adjust their withholding tables for inflation to the point they are driving businesses out of the state. Before we know it, state income tax rate will be significantly higher with property taxes going up, and sales taxes going back up (the 3 primary ways a state/locality get it’s income). not only that, but with that kind of tax rate and system in place, it may even be driving the wealthy individuals out of the state into states like TN that is consumption based rather than income based with them having no income tax and a higher sales tax. Under the current system not counting federal income tax, about 20% of gross income goes to state/local and FICA taxes, and yet, based on my family’s household size, we are considered to be near poverty if not in poverty. With federal, I claim exempt and once all of the tax forms are completed for the previous year, it works out I get a refund from the IRS amounting to about 10% of gross income without paying Federal Income Taxes during the course of the year. I’m in one of those rare situations where income is in a narrow band that could actually work out like that. If I had a shot at higher income, I would by all means take the higher income as long as it translate into higher overall networth in the long-run, which is almost always the case. I do know some fall into the welfare trap, which is a trap in itself, but after me being denied the benefits while I was in college really needing the help only to later on learn I could have gotten the benefits, they just didn’t apply the exception to the rules that I actually met to the process (Normally one is required to work a minimal of 20 hours per week, but since I was on the College Work Study Program, that was the exception to that 20 hour per week rule that I had qualified for as long as I was participating in it, which I was), I ended up having to learn how to literally survive on 67% of federal poverty level for a household size of 1 and 44% of state poverty level for a household size of 1 income wise for a period of 4 years. To this day, I’m still indirectly paying for that via the debts I ended up accumulating during those years and still paying back today.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It least they have one in Connecticut! Why do they have to put a chick picture to represent tax? Put a hot women on anything and it will grab your attention…..


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