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Sales Tax Holidays: Your Guide to Tax Free Holidays

written by: Robin L.•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 7/30/2009

Sales tax holidays can make big purchases much easier for families. These tax free holidays are the perfect time for a shopping trip.

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    Sales tax holidays are a great way to save money. Many states have a sales tax holiday around the time school begins to help parents prepare for the coming school year. If your state doesn’t have a sales tax holiday, look to neighboring states to find your savings. Each year, this list will be updated to reflect changes.

    Midwest

    Illinois – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Indiana – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Iowa – August 7-8 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item, footwear up to $100 per item, and computers up to a total of $1,500.

    Kansas – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Michigan – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Minnesota – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Missouri – August 7-9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item, school supplies up to $50 per item, and computers up to a total of $3,500.

    Nebraska – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    North Dakota – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Ohio – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    South Dakota – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Wisconsin – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    North East

    Connecticut- August 16-22 Items that are eligible include clothing and shoes up to a total of $300.

    Maine – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Massachusetts – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    New Hampshire – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    New Jersey – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    New York – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Pennsylvania – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Rhode Island – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Vermont – August 22 – All personal property items are eligible up to a total per item of $2,000.

    South

    Alabama – August 7-9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to a total of $100, computers up to a total of $750, school supplies up to a total of $50, and books up to a total of $30.

    *Note that some Alabama counties are not participating, you can check the list here.

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    Learn About Nationwide Tax Free Holidays AKA Sales Tax HolidaysTake advantage of your state's sales tax holidays. Tax free holidays are a great time to stock up on many items. Not all states will have this option, and those that are listed here have their holidays after August 1, 2009. This list will be updated each year to reflect changes.
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    South cont.

    Arkansas – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Delaware – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    District of Columbia – August 1- 9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to a total of $100 and school supplies up to a total of $100.

    Florida – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Georgia – July 30 – August 2 Items that are eligible include school supplies up to a total of $20 per item and clothing up to $100 per item.

    October 1-4 Items that are eligible are energy and water efficient products up to a total of $1,500.

    Kentucky – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Louisiana August 7 – August 8 Items that are eligible include all tangible personal property except vehicles that are required to have a license and title.

    Maryland – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Mississippi – July 31 – August 1 Items that are eligible include clothing up to a total of $100 per item.

    North Carolina – August 7 – August 9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item, school supplies up to $100 per item and computers up to a total of $3,500.

    November 6 – November 8 Items that are eligible include all energy star products.

    Oklahoma – August 7 to August 9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to a total of $100 per item.

    South Carolina – August 7 – August 9 Items that are eligible include clothing, computers, and school supplies with no monetary limit.

    November 27 – November 28 Items that are eligible include all handguns, shotguns, and rifles.

    Tennessee – August 7 – August 9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item, computers up to a total of $ 1,500, and school supplies up to $100 per item.

    Texas – August 21 – August 23 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item and shoes up to $100 per item.

    Virginia – August 7 – August 9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item and school supplies up to $20 per item.

    October 9 – October 12 Items that are eligible include all energy star products with a total up to $2,500.

    West Virginia – September 1 – November 30 Items that are eligible include al energy star products with a total up to $5,000.

    West

    Alaska – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Arizona – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    California– No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Colorado – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Hawaii – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Idaho– No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Montana – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Nevada – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    New Mexico – August 7 – 9 Items that are eligible include clothing up to $100 per item, school supplies up to $15 per item, and computers up to a total of $1,000.

    Oregon – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Utah – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Washington – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday

    Wyoming – No 2009 Sales Tax Holiday