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2011 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule

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:

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 [23], 2009 [24], and 2010 [25].

(photo by brook [26])