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When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2017?

Several states will be having sales tax holidays this year. Is yours one of them?
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Sorry, summer vacationers: It's time to start thinking about school. But, before you can ship the kiddos off on their first day, you'll want to shop your state's tax free weekend. In fact, you don't have to be a parent (or a student) to take advantage of these shopping holidays. The only thing holding you back is whether your state is hosting one.

To find out which ones are participating, check out the chart below.

Perks of Back-to-School Shopping

Twenty years ago, New York was the first state to host a tax free holiday. Since then, more and more states have joined the tradition. Some even have similar days throughout the year for different occasions. Residents in those states can take advantage of tax holidays to save on Energy Star- or WaterSense-branded items, severe weather preparedness, and even hunting gear.

Some states have tax free holidays throughout the year for different occasions.

But the most popular tax free weekends are those that serve parents in the midst of back-to-school shopping. Shoppers use these holidays to save on clothing and shoes, standard school supplies, or even computers and other tech. Truly savvy shoppers will be on the lookout for sales running during a tax free weekend to increase potential savings.

Anyone Can Participate

Anyone can shop a tax free holiday, and depending on what you're shopping for, you should. In the market for a new wardrobe? It's a great weekend to stock up. Looking to upgrade your tech or replenish office supplies? This is the time to do it.

But there's at least one caveat: Many states like to impose purchase limits on eligible items. Often, it's only products under a certain price that will qualify for the tax free perks. Which means it might be a great time to snag some apparel, but it's not the time to have a designer label shopping spree.

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Things to Buy in July (Including Amazon Prime Day Deals!)

Louisiana is Still Holding Out

Last year, Louisiana bowed out of the tax free festivities, but it still offered a discounted tax rate. Residents could purchase tangible personal property for less than $2,500 and pay a lower rate of 3%. That's what it'll be this year, but word is the 0% tax holiday will be back next summer, in July 2018.

When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2017?

State Dates Eligible Items / Max Cost
Alabama July 21 - 23 Clothing: $100
Computers: $750
School supplies: $50
Books: $30
Arkansas August 5 - 6 School supplies: No limit
Clothing: $100
Clothing accessories and equipment: $50
Connecticut August 20 - 26 Clothing and footwear: $100
*Florida August School supplies: $15
Clothing: $60
Iowa August 4 - 5 Clothing and footwear: $100
Maryland August 13 - 19 Clothing and footwear: $100
*Massachusetts August 12 - 13 Clothing and footwear: $100
Mississippi July 28 - 29 Clothing and footwear: $100
Missouri August 4 - 6 Clothing: $100
School supplies: $50
Computer software: $350
Computers: $1,500
Computer peripherals: $1,500
Graphing calculators: $150
New Mexico August 4 - 6 School supplies: $30
Clothing: $100
Computers: $1,000
Computer equipment: $500
Ohio August 4 - 6 Clothing: $75
School supplies: $20
School instructional material: $20
Oklahoma August 4 - 6 Clothing: $100
South Carolina August 4 - 6 Clothing and accessories: No limit
School supplies: No limit
Computers and accessories: No limit
Bed and bath items: No limit
Tennessee July 28 - 30 Clothing: $100
School supplies: $100
Computers: $1,500
Texas August 11 - 13 Clothing and footwear: $100
Backpacks: $100
School supplies: $100
Virginia August 4 - 6 Clothing and footwear: $100
School supplies: $20

*Indicates states with unconfirmed tax holidays

Readers, will you be shopping your state's tax free weekend? If so, will you stock up on school supplies or something else? Let us know in the comments below!


Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
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9 comments
Gin
What about NC? They always hav a no tax wkend, without any limits
ELURIE
Kyser_Soze. That's tax burden, we have low property taxes because of voter initiatives. Still highest income taxes.
Kyser_Soze
Everyday is sales tax free in Montana, and that's the way it should be everywhere!

By the way, ELURIE, Oregon is #10 according to:
http://www.bankrate.com/...th-highest-taxes-2.aspx
ELURIE
Come shop in Oregon we don't have a sales tax. We just have the highest income tax in the country.
long5
when is California Tax Free day
steved
Hawaii taxes food, medicine, and medical procedures including doctor visits. No way there will ever be a tax holiday here!
dealnews-mbonebright (DealNews)
@Frugal Frank - Thanks, we've updated our list!
Frugal Frank
Georgia cancelled their tax free weekend.
Frugal Frank
Georgia announced they aren't doing a tax free weekend this year.