- Save the date for any upcoming tax-free holidays.
- Hurricane preparedness-related purchases are also eligible for tax exemption some weekends.
- Check the list to see when your state’s tax-free days are.
If you’re planning to make big purchases in 2019, you might want to wait for a sales tax-free weekend or sales tax-free week if your state offers one. What is a tax-free weekend? States often hold these “holidays” at certain times of the year, such as during back-to-school shopping season or before hurricane season, during which you can make purchases without paying a sales tax. You can save a lot of money by planning your major purchases for a no-sales-tax weekend or week.
Eligible items might include things like hurricane preparedness supplies, clothing, school supplies and computers.
Back-to-School Tax-Free Days
Many states offer tax-free weekend sales only during the back-to-school season, typically in early- or mid-August before the school year begins. Shoppers in some states can enjoy the tax-free sale of school supplies, certain types of clothing and computers on these designated days.
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States With Tax-Free Days in 2019
If you live in a state that offers tax-free shopping days and no-tax weekends, plan your purchases around those dates to save money this year. If you’re wondering, “When is the tax-free weekend in my state?” check out this list of tax-free days in 2019 that have been accounced:
|States With Tax-Free Days|
|State||Tax-Free Days in 2019||What Is Included in Tax-Free Weekends and Weeks|
|Alabama||July 19-21||Articles of clothing or footwear priced at $100 or less; select school supplies priced at $50 or less; computers and computer software priced at $750 or less; books priced at $30 or less|
|Arkansas||Aug. 3-4||Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; accessories under $50; select school supplies|
|Connecticut||Aug. 18-24||Articles of clothing or footwear under $100|
|Florida||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing, footwear or accessories priced at $60 or less; school supplies priced at $15 or less|
|Iowa||Aug. 2-3||Articles of clothing or footwear under $100|
|Maryland||Aug. 11-17||Articles of clothing or footwear priced at $100 or less; the first $40 of a backpack purchase|
|Massachusetts||Aug. 10-11||All retail goods priced at $2,500 or less, except motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunication services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products, marijuana and marijuana products|
|Mississippi||July 26-27||Articles of clothing or footwear under $100|
|Missouri||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less; computers priced at $1,500 or less; school supplies, up to $50 per purchase; graphing calculators priced at $150 or less; computer software priced at $350 or less|
|New Mexico||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; computers priced at $1,000 or less; computer equipment priced at $500 or less; school supplies under $30|
|Ohio||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing priced at $75 or less; school supplies priced at $20 or less|
|Oklahoma||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing or footwear under $100|
|South Carolina||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing, accessories, footwear, computers, school supplies and select bedding|
|Tennessee||July 26-28||Articles of clothing priced at $100 or less; school supplies priced at $100 or less; computers priced at $1,500 or less|
|Texas||Aug. 9-11||Articles of clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100|
|Virginia||Aug. 2-4||Articles of clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less; school supplies priced at $20 or less|
|Information accurate as of Jan. 28, 2019.|
Additional tax-free weekends might be announced throughout the year.
If you don’t plan on itemizing sales tax deductions on your tax return or taking a tax exemption to reduce your taxable income, consider shopping during a tax-free day or weekend in your state — or a neighboring one — to offset costs. There are also tax-free weekends online, so you can do tax-free weekend online shopping in the applicable states on many sites, including Amazon. You can save even more by looking out for tax-free weekend deals on coupon sites.
Hurricane Preparedness Tax-Free Days
Some states have tax-free days for hurricane preparedness-related purchases, such as generators and other supplies. These typically take place before or during hurricane season. You can keep an eye out for upcoming dates for tax-free shopping in these states:
- Alabama’s hurricane preparedness tax-free days for 2019 will take place from Feb. 22-24.
- Maryland will hold its Energy Tax-Free Weekend 2019 from Feb. 16-18.
- Missouri holds its “Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday” from April 19-25, during which you can buy Energy Star-certified new appliances tax-free.
- Texas will hold its 2019 tax-free days for emergency preparation supplies from April 27-29, during which shoppers will be able to avoid sales tax on generators and other supplies for extreme weather preparation. Texas also has an Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, which will be held from May 25-27, 2019.
- Virginia’s hurricane preparedness-related tax holiday will be Aug. 2-4 this year, the same day as its general tax-free weekend. During that same time, you can also purchase Energy Star and WaterSense products priced at $2,500 or less tax-free.
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States Without Tax-Free Days
Although many states have tax-free days to help you save a little money on seasonal items, there are some states that don’t offer a tax-free week or tax-free shopping day. However, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon never charge any state sales tax, so you don’t have to wait for a tax-free holiday if you live in one of those states.
States that have not yet announced a tax-free weekend or holiday in 2019 include:
- District of Columbia
- Georgia — its last sales tax holiday was in 2016
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- Wisconsin — its last sales tax holiday was in 2018
- West Virginia
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