Tax-Free Weekends in Every State

Mark your calendars. You won't have to pay sales tax in the U.S. on these tax-free days in 2017.

If you’re planning to make big purchases in 2017, 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. New York, a state known for having the highest state taxes, started the trend in 1997 — in 2016, 17 states held sales tax holidays.

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. For example, some states — like Missouri — let shoppers purchase qualifying Energy Star-certified new appliances during a tax-free holiday. Because the Missouri state sales tax is 4.225 percent, that means you would save $42.25 on a $1,000 appliance.

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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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 — for instance, Alabama’s hurricane preparedness tax-free days for 2017 will take place from Feb. 24 to 26. Texas will hold its 2017 tax-free days for storm season supplies from April 22 to April 24 and shoppers will be able to avoid sales tax on generators and other supplies for extreme weather preparation.

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 2017:

StateTax-Free Days in 2017Eligible Items and Limitations
AlabamaFeb. 24-26
Aug. 4-6
February: Severe weather preparedness supplies under $60, generators under $1,000
August: Certain school supplies, books, computers, clothing
ArkansasAug. 5-6Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; school supplies
ConnecticutAug. 20-26Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
IowaAug. 4-5Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
LouisianaMay 27-28
Sept. 1-3
May: Purchases of $2,500 or less
September: Firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies
MarylandFeb. 18-20
Aug. 13-19
February: Select Energy Star products
August: Qualifying articles of clothing or footwear under $100
MississippiJuly 28-29
Aug. 25-27
July: Articles of clothing or footwear under $100
August: Firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies
MissouriApril 19-25
Aug. 4-6
April: Select Energy Star products under $1,500
August: Clothing, school supplies, computers
New MexicoAug. 4-6Articles of clothing or footwear under $100; computers, school supplies
South CarolinaAug. 4-6Clothing, computers, school supplies
TennesseeJuly 28-30Articles of clothing or footwear and school supplies under $100; computers under $1,500
TexasApril 22-24
May 27-29
Aug. 11-13
April: Qualifying weather preparedness supplies including generators under $3,000 and storm devices under $300
May: Select Energy Star products including air conditioners under $6,000
August: Articles of clothing or footwear, school supplies under $100
VirginiaAug. 4-6Qualified school supplies under $20; articles of clothing or footwear under $100; select Energy Star, WaterSense, hurricane and emergency preparedness items

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 2017 include:

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