You might think it's too early to buy Back to School essentials, but the school year will be here before you know it. Fortunately, several states are hosting tax free weekends — or sales tax holidays — in an effort to encourage shopping while helping consumers save. These events allow you to shop for school supplies, and sometimes Energy Star and disaster preparedness items, without having to pay sales tax.
Oklahoma is one of the many states hosting a tax free weekend near the beginning of August, just in time for parents and students to stock up. Check out our guide below to learn all about the next Oklahoma tax free weekend.
When Is the Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend in 2020?
The Sooner State kicks off its tax free weekend "sooner" rather than later (see what we did there?) — on the first full weekend in August, specifically. The 2020 event starts at 12:01 am local time on Friday, August 7, and ends at midnight local time on Sunday, August 9.
What Items Qualify for Oklahoma Tax Free Shopping?
Shoppers in Oklahoma can skip the sales tax on clothing and footwear items priced at less than $100 each. The state defines clothing and footwear as "any article... designed to be worn on or about the human body," but like other states doesn't include accessories, clothing and footwear for athletic activity or protective use, or any rentals of clothing or footwear.
What Items Aren't Eligible for Oklahoma Tax Free Status?
As mentioned above, Oklahoma residents will have to pay sales tax on accessories, athletic equipment, and protective gear. Unlike other states, Oklahoma doesn't extend the tax free qualifications to school supplies. Its tax holiday is a good chance to change up your wardrobe, but that's about it.
You can check out more information on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Oklahoma Tax Commission site.
More Oklahoma Tax Holiday Tips
Similar to other states, Oklahoma isn't providing a "buy one, get one free" loophole. If a BOGO item is over $100, you'll have to pay sales tax — no averaging out the price of the two items to avoid it.
Also, internet sales will qualify as tax exempt if they meet the requirements, and are accepted by the seller and paid in full during the tax holiday.