When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2021?

Several states are hosting sales tax holidays this year. See if yours made the cut!
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Every year, multiple states host a tax free weekend that coincides with the Back to School season. These no-tax days offer a prime opportunity to stock up on school supplies, clothing, and even computers — all while paying no sales tax.

Is your state planning a tax free weekend soon? To find out, check out our infographic; it has all the confirmed dates for 2021. Then keep reading for info on each state's sales tax holiday.

When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2021?

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Alabama road sign

When Is the Next Alabama Tax Free Weekend?

Alabama is once again ahead of the game, hosting the first Back to School tax free weekend of 2021 from July 16 through July 18. However, Alabama has two annual tax holidays — one for Back to School and another for severe weather preparedness; the latter is typically held in February every year. Here are some of the items that will qualify for Alabama tax free shopping for Back to School season:
  • Clothing that's $100 or less per item
  • Computers, software, and supplies purchased for $750 or less
  • School supplies that are $50 or less per item
  • Books that are $30 or less per item

SEE ALSO: The 11 Best School Supplies to Buy at Target in 2021

Arkansas quarters

When Is the Next Arkansas Tax Free Weekend?

From August 7 through August 8, Arkansans can buy clothing, footwear, and school supplies sales tax free. State and local sales taxes are both waived during the tax holiday. All retailers have to participate, and they may not charge tax on exempt items during the no-tax weekend.

Shop the following items sans tax during the tax holiday in Arkansas:
  • Clothing that costs less than $100 per item
  • Clothing accessories or equipment priced at under $50 per item
Additionally, the following electronic devices are exempt from sales tax during this event:
  • Calculators
  • Cell phones
  • Computer monitors, mice, and keyboards
  • Desktop computers
  • eReaders
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Tablets
Traditional school supplies are also exempt, including items like binders, book bags, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, highlighters, lunchboxes, notebooks, pencil boxes, paper, pencils, pens, and rulers.

What Is a Tax Holiday?

What is a tax holiday, anyway? It's a period of time when consumers can enjoy a temporary reduction or elimination of a tax. These holidays can affect income, property, value-added, and other taxes — but we're specifically referring to sales tax holidays here.

Tax free days are for everybody! Even if you aren't shopping for a student, you can still pay no sales tax on must-haves like clothing, shoes, and electronics during your state's tax holiday.

New Haven Connecticut map pin

When Is the Next Connecticut Tax Free Weekend?

Connecticut's sales tax holiday — called the "sales and use tax exclusion" — actually lasts for an entire week. It starts the third Sunday in August and concludes the following Saturday.

This year's holiday should be held from August 15-21. Items that qualify for tax free sales include clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 per item.

In certain states, sales tax holidays last longer than a weekend. Some go for an entire week!

Orlando Florida sign

When Is the Next Florida Tax Free Weekend?

Florida has three sales tax holidays in 2021: one in May and June for disaster prep, one in July for event tickets and outdoor gear, and one in July and August for school supplies.

During the disaster prep tax holiday, consumers don't pay sales tax on certain batteries, flashlights, generators, radios, and other items. The July event — called the "Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday" — applies to admissions for music and sporting events, movies, museums, and sales of outdoor gear like camping supplies.

Florida's Back to School tax holiday takes place July 31 to August 9 this year, and will exempt backpacks, clothing, and footwear priced at $60 or less per item. Additionally, Florida will exempt school supplies that are $15 or less per item, and the first $1,000 of the sales tax price of computers or computer-related accessories.

Iowa sign

When Is the Next Iowa Tax Free Weekend?

Iowa has its tax free weekend on a Friday and Saturday, making it an odd state out. In 2021, the sales tax holiday goes from August 6 to August 7. Beware: If you show up for it on Sunday, you'll miss out.

Consumers won't pay sales tax on clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item.

Which States Have No Sales Tax?

For some shoppers, every day is a no-tax day! According to The Balance, "five states don't impose a sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon."

Of course, this doesn't mean you'll have an easier time calculating prices in no-tax states. Some state laws allow localities to charge sales tax, for instance. And lots of states exempt food purchases from sales tax.

Unfortunately, many states don't have sales tax holidays, or have put a hold on them. Wisconsin stopped hosting a Back to School event in 2019, and Louisiana has suspended their state tax holidays through 2025 at least.

Maryland state seal

When Is the Next Maryland Tax Free Weekend?

Maryland has actually set aside seven days as Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. This year's Back to School sales tax holiday goes from Sunday, August 8, through Saturday, August 14.

During the August sales tax holiday, consumers won't pay state sales tax on the following items:
  • Apparel and footwear for $100 or less per item
  • Backpacks and book bags up to the first $40 purchased

Some states have very simple tax holiday rules. Products like clothing or school supplies are tax exempt when they cost $100 or less.

Boston statue

When Is the Next Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend?

Dates for the 2021 Massachusetts sales tax holiday are August 14-15.

Bay Staters can shop for practically anything during the state's no-tax weekend, as long as each item is $2,500 or less.

Mississippi state sign

When Is the Next Mississippi Tax Free Weekend?

Mississippi's school-oriented sales tax holiday spans from July 30 through July 31 in 2021. This is slightly earlier than most states' tax free weekends.

Items that'll qualify for tax exemptions during this event include clothing, footwear, and school supplies priced at less than $100 per item.

Tax Holidays Aren't Always About School

Not every tax free weekend is about stocking up for the new school year. Other tax holidays usually correspond to disaster preparedness or environmental awareness.

These holidays take the sales tax off items like generators or Energy Star appliances. Some states even offer tax holidays for hunting supplies.

St. Louis Gateway Arch

When Is the Next Missouri Tax Free Weekend?

By statute, Missouri's Back to School sales tax holiday starts on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday.

This means the tax holiday will last from Friday, August 6, 2021, through Sunday, August 8, 2021. So what items qualify for Missouri tax free shopping?
  • Clothing and footwear that are $100 or less per item
  • Computers that are $1,500 or less
  • Computer software that's $350 or less per item
  • School supplies that are $50 or less per item
  • Graphing calculators that are $150 or less per item

Most tax free days fall in mid-to-late summer. They're primarily intended to help parents stock up before the new school year.

New Mexico state flag

When Is the Next New Mexico Tax Free Weekend?

New Mexico has described its Gross Receipts Tax Holiday as "nothing short of a bonanza" for parents with school-age children. By statute, it begins on the first Friday of August and concludes the following Sunday at midnight.

That means the next New Mexico tax free weekend will be August 6 to August 8 in 2021. Qualifying items include:
  • Clothing and footwear that are under $100 per item
  • Computers that are under $1,000 per item
  • Computer peripherals that are under $500 per item
  • School supplies that are less than $30 per item
  • Calculators that are less than $200 per item
  • Backpacks that are under $100 per item

woman wearing Ohio shirt

When Is the Next Ohio Tax Free Weekend?

From August 6 through August 8 in 2021, Buckeye residents can buy school supplies and apparel without paying sales tax.

School supplies only include items on Ohio's specific list. Any item that's not on the list is taxable. Clothing items that are $75 or less per item are eligible, which is notably lower than other states' thresholds. Note that school supplies — including book bags — must cost $20 or less per item, and instructional supplies must also cost $20 or less.

Every Tax Free Weekend Is Different

Know your local laws! Some states have strict exemption rules, only cutting sales tax on school supplies that cost $15 or less, or clothing that costs $60 or less.

Other states might only exempt the first few dollars of a purchase. For example, a state might cut sales tax on backpacks, but only on the first $40 of the price. In these cases, you'll have to pay sales tax on the remainder of the purchase. Still other states don't place any price limit on clothing or school supply purchases.

Oklahoma Route 66 sign

When Is the Next Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend?

Oklahoma's tax free weekend is among the many that occur at the beginning of August, a perfect time for Back to School shopping. Oklahoma's sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, August 6, 2021, and last through Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Oklahoma exempts any item of clothing or footwear with a sale price of less than $100. This encompasses "any article of clothing or footwear designed to be worn on or about the human body." Oklahoma maintains a list, but it doesn't include everything that could be tax exempt.

Twelve states will hold a tax holiday during the first two weekends in August.

South Carolina flag

When Is the Next South Carolina Tax Free Weekend?

South Carolina's tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and ends on the following Sunday, so this year it will run from August 6 through August 8. Unlike most states, South Carolina doesn't list any price limitations on its tax exemptions. Plus, internet sales qualify — as long as the order is paid for during the no-tax days.

South Carolina exempts the following items:
  • Clothes, accessories, and footwear
  • School supplies
  • Computers, printers, and software
  • Bed and bath items

SEE ALSO: What to Expect From Back to School Sales in 2021

Tennessee state sign

When Is the Next Tennessee Tax Free Weekend?

The state's traditional tax free event will be held from July 30 through August 1 this year. Wondering what you can get tax free in Tennessee? Unlike some other states, Tennessee doesn't exempt computer supplies sold without a CPU — so if you're looking for a deal on printer ink, you're out of luck. Also, accessories and clothing rentals aren't tax exempt.

The following categories of goods are exempt during the Tennessee sales tax holiday:
  • Clothing that's $100 or less per item
  • School supplies and art supplies that are $100 or less per item
  • Computers that are $1,500 or less per item

Shop Summer Clearance During Sales Tax Holidays

Tax free weekends typically coincide with end-of-season and Back to School sales. That means even nonparents can score great deals on warm-weather clothing and shoes.

In 2020, we saw summer apparel drop to low prices, with T-shirts from $4, pants from $5 a pair, shorts from $6, and dress shirts from $7. Plan to shop stores like eBay, Amazon, and Target to find deals like these and more.

Texas shape sign

When Is the Next Texas Tax Free Weekend?

Texas boasts three tax holidays in 2021: one for emergency prep, another for water-efficient and Energy Star products, and a third for Back to School. You can learn all about the latter one on the Texas Comptroller website.

In short: Texas' Back to School sales tax holiday for 2021 will start Friday, August 6, and run through midnight on Sunday, August 8. Each item must cost less than $100. There is no limit to the number of items you may purchase tax free, as long as each individual item is below the price limit. The following categories qualify:
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Face masks
  • School supplies
  • Backpacks

Some states allow you to shop tax free online. Check your local laws to see if your purchases will qualify!

Virginia railway sign

When Is the Next Virginia Tax Free Weekend?

Virginia's sales tax holiday runs from August 6 to August 8 in 2021. In addition to state taxes, Virginia exempts your purchases from any relevant local or regional taxes, in particular the extra taxes paid in the Hampton Roads and Historic Triangle regions (Williamsburg, York County, and James City County).

Virginia exempts the following categories of goods during its tax free days:
  • School supplies that are $20 or less per item
  • Clothing and footwear that are $100 or less per item
  • Portable generators that are $1,000 or less per item
  • Gas-powered chainsaws that are $350 or less per item
  • Chainsaw accessories that are $60 or less per item
  • Other specified hurricane preparedness items that are $60 or less each
  • Energy Star and WaterSense-certified efficient products that are $2,500 or less per item

SEE ALSO: How to Buy a Cheap Laptop for College

West Virginia welcome sign

When Is the Next West Virginia Tax Free Weekend?

Residents of the Mountain State can plan to shop their tax free weekend from July 30 to August 2. Unlike other states, West Virginia exempts select sports equipment during their tax holiday, so parents can help to mitigate the costs of kids' activities. Check out all the details on the West Virginia State Tax Department website, including the following categories that'll qualify:

  • Clothing that's $125 or less per item
  • School supplies that are $50 or less per item
  • School instructional material priced at $20 or less per item
  • Laptops and tablets that are $500 or less per item
  • Sports equipment that's $150 or less per item

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