More than a dozen states have annual tax free weekends — also known as sales tax holidays. They give you the chance to buy back-to-school essentials sans sales tax, and some states include Energy Star and disaster prep items, too.
Oklahoma's tax free weekend is among the many that occur at the beginning of August, a perfect time for back-to-school shopping. Read on to learn what kinds of savings you can expect.
When Is the Next Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend?
Oklahoma's sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 am on Friday, August 2, 2019, and last until midnight on Sunday, August 4, 2019. By statute, Oklahoma's tax holiday starts on the first Friday in August and ends on the following Sunday. So if nothing changes, it'll go from Friday, August 7, 2020, through 12 am on Sunday, August 9, 2020.
What Items Qualify for Oklahoma Tax Free Shopping?
Oklahoma exempts any item of clothing or footwear with a sales price of less than $100. This encompasses "all human wearing apparel suitable for general use." Oklahoma maintains a list, but it doesn't include everything that could be tax exempt. For more details, see the frequently asked questions here.
What Items Aren't Eligible for Oklahoma Tax Free Status?
As in most states with tax holidays, accessories, sporting equipment, and safety equipment aren't tax exempt. Some states exempt sewing equipment and material to make clothes — Oklahoma isn't one of them. Costume masks, belt buckles, and patches are also taxed.
More Oklahoma Tax Holiday Tips
Deal hunters rejoice: Oklahoma allows you to average "buy one, get one" sale prices across both items — as long as all other exemption conditions are met. For instance, if there's a BOGO free deal on a $99 pair of pants, the entire pants transaction is tax exempt because the first pair costs less than $100. Essentially, each of the two pairs is $49.50. With BOGO half off sales, the sale price of each item governs its exemption status.
Also, internet sales qualify as long as the order is paid for during the holiday. The time at the seller's location determines whether the order falls in the tax holiday, so late-night Oklahoma shoppers need to check that it's the right day in the seller's location. We're not sure what this means for companies with physical presences in multiple time zones, like Amazon and Walmart, and Oklahoma makes no effort to clarify.