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2011 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule

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Sales!Who loves taxes? No one! So it’s no surprise that sales tax holidays are popular with most people. Several years ago, only a few states took part in a holiday on sales tax. Over the years, more and more states have taken the plunge (or at the very least discussed the idea – it’s hard for a politician to vote against a sales tax holiday) and consumers absolutely love them. Even though state budgets are feeling the strain of lower property taxes and other sources of revenue, these holidays are still popular.

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.

Residents of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon already know this … but don’t bother looking for their sales, they never pay sales taxes. And lucky folks in Pennsylvania don’t have to pay it on clothing.

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

  • AlabamaAugust 5-7, 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.
  • ArkansasAugust 6-7 covers clothing <$100 per item, clothing accessory or equipment <$50 per item, and school supplies.
  • ConnecticutAugust 21-27, clothing and footwear <$300.
  • FloridaAugust 12-14, books, clothing and footwear <$50 and school supplies <$10.
  • Georgia – Another year, another stalled sales tax holiday. [legislation stalled]
  • IowaAugust 5-6, covers clothing/footwear <$100 per item.
  • LouisianaAugust 5-6, covers most tangible personal property other than vehicles and meals. Check the link for a more comprehensive list.
  • MarylandAugust 13-19, clothing or footwear <$100 excluding accessory items (jewelry, watches, handbags, etc.).
  • Massachusetts – Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation on August 1st for this year’s back to school sales tax holiday set for August 13-14. Same rules as last year, just about anything under $2500 is exempt.
  • MississippiJuly 29 – 30, clothing/footwear <$100.
  • MissouriAugust 5-7, 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 5-7, 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 5-7, covers clothing/footwear <$100 each.
  • South CarolinaAugust 5-7, 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 5-7 – Clothing <$100 per item, School and Art Supplies <$100 per item, and Computers <$1500 per bundled package
  • TexasAugust 19-21, clothing/footwear <$100, backpacks <$100
  • VirginiaAugust 5-7, back-to-school sales tax holiday on school supplies <$20 per item and clothing & footwear <$100 per item. Finally, October 7-10, energy savings sales tax holiday on Energy Star Qualified products including appliances purchased for noncommercial home or personal use <$2,500 each.

If your state isn’t listed, you don’t have a sales tax holiday on the horizon.

If you’re curious how the sales tax holidays have changed, here are the sales tax holidays from 2008, 2009, and 2010.

(photo by brook)

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28 Responses to “2011 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule”

  1. mannymacho says:

    A lot of people like these but they’re not for me. The crowds are horrendous; I would much rather pay an extra few percent and shop in peace…

  2. cubiclegeoff says:

    I believe Massachusetts has passed the law, and I think it makes it a permanent sales tax holiday each year.

  3. Where is my state?????? Oh well, it’s a great idea for those who can profit from it. Why not save up spending for the sales tax holiday day?

  4. Shirley says:

    None in California? I’m not really surprised since they are so far in debt and need every cent they can get. 😉

  5. Sarah says:

    Massachusetts has passed theirs for Aug 13-14.

  6. Surewhitey says:

    How much do you spend “extra” that you didn’t intend to spend? I would venture to guess the “savings” you will spend out of justifying you “saved, so you must spend more”.

    I concur on the crowds…I would not step foot in stores on those days.

    • btho says:

      I live in South Alabama and sales taxes here are 10% or more depending on what city you are in and what side of the bridge you are on. To some people, like myself, 10% of savings is a big deal.

  7. Linda says:

    We have a tax free weekend but still tax on everything we need to buy for kids to go to school.How dumb is that

  8. Deana says:

    What about New Jersey???

  9. Amy says:

    What about the state of NY?

  10. skylog says:

    as a PA resident, i am not sure how i feel about this. sure, it is nice to not get taxed on clothes, but i would like the chance to make a large purchase tax free.

  11. Anonymous says:

    what about california tax free day

  12. Hermes Jahi says:

    That’s actually Pennsylvania AND Massachusetts that don’t pay sales tax on clothing. 🙂

  13. ken says:

    In ma there is no sales tax on clothes

  14. Anonymous says:

    The link for MD takes you to a thing about energy savings in Feb. The actual MD tax free week for clothes/shoes is the 14-20 (not the 13-19).

  15. Lynn says:

    Florida’s Info is incorrect… it s/b:
    books, clothing and footwear <$75 and school supplies <$15.

  16. Roland says:

    I don’t know why you mentioned the governor’s name in Massachusetts but not in the other states. The sales tax has been going on at this time for years and started before Gov. Patrick, who raised the sales tax.

  17. Roland says:

    I hope you people all realize that retailers will just raise their prices starting a few weeks before the sales tax holiday, so that it looks like you’re getting a bargain, when in fact you’re paying more than you normally would.

    Sorry for being so skeptical, but it keeps me from getting cheated. It’s my hobby.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    when is the next 2012 tax holiday?

  20. g.oncale says:

    does anyone know when the next tax free sale is in La? Im sure we have two,,

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