Tax-Free Weekends for Back-to-School Sales and More

Find out when your state has a tax-free weekend.

If you’re planning to make big purchases in 2018, you might want to wait for a tax-free weekend or sales tax-free week if your state offers one. States often hold these “holidays” at certain times of the year, such as during back-to-school shopping season or before hurricane season. You can save a significant amount of money by planning ahead for a tax holiday.

Some states hold tax-free days that allow shoppers to buy certain items without paying sales tax. Eligible items might include things like hurricane preparedness supplies, clothing, school necessities, computers and even hunting supplies.

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Back-to-School Tax-Free Days

Many states offer tax-free days only during back-to-school season, typically in early- or mid-August before the school semester begins. Shoppers can buy school supplies, certain types of clothing and computers in some states without paying sales tax on these designated days.

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States With Tax-Free Days

If you live in a state that offers tax-free shopping days, plan your purchases around those dates to save money this year. Here are the states offering tax-free days in 2018:

States With Tax-Free Days
StateTax-Free Days in 2018Eligible Items and Limitations
AlabamaJuly 20-22Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; select school supplies under $50
ArkansasAug. 4-5Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; select school supplies
ConnecticutAug. 19-25Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
FloridaAug. 3-5Articles of clothing, footwear or accessories under $60; school supplies under $15
IowaAug. 3-4Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
MarylandAug. 12-18Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; the first $40 of a backpack purchase
MississippiJuly 27-29Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
MissouriAug. 3-5Articles of clothing and footwear under $100; computers under $1,500; school supplies under $50; graphing calculators under $150
New MexicoAug. 3-5Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; computers under $1,000; computer equipment under $500; school supplies under $30
OhioAug. 3-5Articles of clothing under $75; school supplies under $20
OklahomaAug. 3-5Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
South CarolinaAug. 3-5Articles of clothing, accessories, footwear, computers, school supplies and select bedding
TennesseeJuly 27-29Articles of clothing under $100; school supplies under $100; computers under $1,500
TexasAug. 10-12Articles of clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100
VirginiaAug. 3-5Articles of clothing under $100; school supplies under $20
WisconsinAug. 1-5Articles of clothing and school supplies under $75; computer supplies under $250; computers under $750

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.

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 in these states:

  • Alabama’s hurricane preparedness tax-free days for 2018 took place from Feb. 23-25.
  • Maryland held its Energy Tax-Free Weekend from Feb. 17-19 in 2018.
  • Texas will hold its 2019 tax-free days for emergency preparation supplies from April 27-29 and shoppers will be able to avoid sales tax on generators and other supplies for extreme weather preparation.
  • Virginia’s hurricane preparedness-related tax holiday was on Aug. 3-5 this year, the same day as its general tax-free weekend.

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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 2018 include:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia — its last sales tax holiday was in 2016
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

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Ruth Sarreal and Steffi Cao contributed to the reporting for this article.