Annual Sales Tax Holidays 2016

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Posted: August 1, 2016 12:58 AM PDT

Many states have Annual Sales Tax Holidays in 2016, where they do not charge sales tax on specific items, for certain days.  Below are a list of the states with the most useful tax holidays.

The ones in August that coincide with August Back to School Season, are usually the most useful sales tax holidays. Always verify tax holidays with your local Counties specific rules.

Does tax free holiday apply to online shopping?

For almost all states participating, yes it does apply.  Online sellers should not be collecting taxes.  If they do, contact them and try to get a your order adjusted.

Tax holiday is valid if customer orders and pays for the item and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

Alabama August 5-7, 2016 - Not all counties

Clothing $100 or less each
Single purchase of computer, software, school computer supplies $750 or less
Noncommercial school supplies - $50 or less each
Noncommercial purchases of books - $30 or less each

Arkansas  August 6-7, 2016

Clothing and footwear - less than $100 each

Clothing accessories and equipment - less than $50 each

School supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials

Connecticut  August 21-27, 2016

Clothing and footwear - Less than $300 each (excludes clothing accessories and protective or athletic clothing)

Florida  August 5-7, 2016

Clothing, footwear, wallets and bags with a sales price of $60 or less each
School supplies with a sales price of $15 or less each

Georgia  July 30-31, 2016

Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less each

Computers, components, and computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000 or less each

School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less each

Iowa  August 5-6, 2016

Clothing and footwear - less than $100 each (excludes clothing accessories)

Louisiana  August 5-6, 2016  Does not include local taxes

Purchases of most tangible personal property for non-business use - $2,500 or less per item.

Maryland  August 14 -20, 2016

Clothing and footwear (excluding clothes accessories) - $100 or less per article

Mississippi  July 29-30, 2016

Clothing and footwear - less than $100 per article.

Missouri  August 5-7, 2016

Clothing - $100 or less each (excluding clothes acc)

School supplies - $50 or less per item

Computer Software - $350 or less per item

Computer hardware/computer peripherals - $1,500 or less

Graphing calculators - $150 or less each

New Mexico  August 5-7, 2016  Store participating optional

Clothing and footwear items - less than $100 per article (excluding clothing acc, athletic or protective clothing or footwear)

School supplies - less than $30 each

Computers, e-readers with computers, and tablets - $1,000 or less each

Certain computer related items - $500 or less each

Book bags, backpacks, maps and globes - less than $100 per article

Handheld calculators - less than $200 each

Ohio  August 5-7, 2016

Clothing priced at $75 or less

A school supply item priced at $20 or less

A school instructional material priced at $20 or less

Items used in a trade or business are not normally exempt under the sales tax holidays

Oklahoma  August 5-7, 2016

Clothing and footwear - less than $100 per each (excluding clothes accessories, special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use)

South Carolina   August 5-7, 2016

Clothing and certain clothing accessories, shoes (excluding rentals)

School supplies

Computers, printers and printer supplies and computer software (excludes Commercial items)

Some bed and bath items

Tennessee  July 29-31, 2016

Clothing - $100 or less per article (excludes accessories or equipment)

School and Art supplies -$100 or less each

Computers - $1,500 or less each  (excludes software and any items for use in a trade or business)

Texas  August 5-7, 2016

Clothing and footwear - less than $100 per article  (excluding acc, athletic or protective clothing, and rentals of clothing or footwear); backpacks used by elementary and secondary school students are ok

Most School Supplies - less than $100 each

Virginia  August 5-7, 2016

Energy Star & WaterSense qualified items  - $2,500 or less per product (purchased for noncommercial home use)

Clothing and footwear - $100 or less each

School Supplies - $20 or less each

Portable generators (up to $1,000 each)

Gas-powered chainsaws (up to $350 each),  Chainsaw accessories (up to $60 each)

Other hurricane preparedness items (up to $60 each)

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