Tax-Free Holidays 2020

Tax-free weekends listed by state

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Tax-free holidays (sometimes referred to as "sales tax holidays") are great opportunities for shoppers to take advantage on items such as clothing, school supplies, shoes, and other savings.

You don't have to live in these states to take advantage of their tax-free weekends either, simply visit the state to do your shopping and you won't have to pay sales tax on those items as long as they are eligible under the state's tax-free shopping guidelines.

States With Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

Each state that participates in tax-free holidays has different rules and exclusions. Be sure to use the links to read the details on the state's tax-free shopping details.

Below are 16 states that have tax-free holidays. Hover over each orange state to see the current sales tax rates and all the sales tax holidays.

  1. Alabama: Shop during Alabama's tax-free weekend in July (in 2019 it was July 19-21) and you'll not have to pay taxes on certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing. Be sure to check which cities and counties are participating in Alabama's tax-free weekend and which items are exempt from taxes. Alabama also offers another tax-free holiday during Feb. 21-23, 2020, where you won't have to pay taxes on select severe weather preparedness items up to $60.
  2. Arkansas: If you shop in Arkansas during its tax-free weekend in August (in 2019, it was Aug. 3-4), you can get tax-free shopping on purchases of certain school supplies, art supplies, instructional materials, and clothing. Exact dates to come for 2020.
  3. Connecticut: Connecticut shoppers get a whole week of tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear purchases that don't exceed $100 per item. In 2019, it took place Aug. 18-24, so keep an eye out for a similar timeframe in 2020.
  4. Florida: Florida's tax-free weekend is good on certain clothing less than $60 per item, and certain school supplies that cost less than $15 per item. In 2019, it took place Aug. 2-4, with certain items exempt. Florida also offered another tax-free holiday in 2019 from June 1-7, where you would pay no taxes on generators up to $750, radios and plastic sheeting up to $50, batteries and coolers up to $30, and other items. Keep eye out for similar dates in 2020.
  5. Iowa: Iowa also has a tax-free weekend that's good on clothing or footwear with a value of less than $100 per item. It always takes place during the first weekend of August. For 2020, it's Aug. 1-2.
  6. Maryland: Maryland has a whole week of tax-free shopping the second Sunday of August through the following Saturday where you can buy apparel and footwear less than $100 and not pay taxes. It also added an exception of taxes off the first $40 of a backpack during this week in August. Maryland also has another tax-free holiday on Energy Star items (with no cap) on the Saturday that immediately precedes the third Monday in February.
  7. Massachusetts: The tax-free days in Massachusetts permit tax-exempt purchases on specific items costing less than $2,500 per item. Products excluded (i.e., taxes do apply) include motor vehicles, meals, gas, electricity, tobacco products, telecom services, and others. In 2019, the tax free days took place August 17-18, so expect a similar time frame in 2020.
  8. Mississippi: Mississippi's tax-free shopping weekend lets you save on taxes when buying certain clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100 per item. In 2019, it took place July 26-27, so look for similar dates in 2020. There is also a 2nd Amendment holiday where firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies are sales tax-free. This will be taking place August 28-30, 2020.
  9. Missouri: You'll be able to shop tax-free in Missouri on certain items such as clothing (any item having a taxable value of $100 or less), school supplies (not to exceed $50), computers (Less than $1,500), computer software (total of $350 or less), computer peripheral devices (not to exceed $1,500), and graphing calculators (less than $150). It took place Aug. 2-4 in 2019, but note that certain counties and cities are opted out, so be sure to check dates and participating areas for 2020. Missouri also had another tax-free holiday April 19-25, 2019, for energy star items with no cap.
  10. New Mexico: New Mexico's annual tax-free shopping weekend means you won't need to pay taxes on clothing, shoes, computers, computer equipment or school supplies up to a certain dollar amount. In 2019, it took place Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020. New Mexico also has another tax-free holiday in November for items up to $500, including clothing, accessories, sporting equipment, tools, books, art, cosmetics, musical instruments, cookware, bedding, furniture, toys, games, and electronics.
  11. Ohio: During the free tax weekend in Ohio, clothing items priced at $75 or less, school supplies priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials priced at $20 or less, are all tax exempt. The weekend was held Aug. 2-4 in 2019, so expect similar dates in 2020.
  12. Oklahoma: There's a tax-free weekend in Oklahoma on clothing and shoes that are under $100. In 2019, it was Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020.
  13. South Carolina: You'll be able to go tax-free shopping in South Carolina on clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and linens. Here's a complete list of exempt items for South Carolina. In 2019, it was Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020
  14. Tennessee: The tax-free weekend in Tennessee takes place July 24-26, 2020, and lets you purchase clothing items that are $100 or less, school supplies and school art supplies $100 or less, and computers $1,500 or less, without having to pay sales tax. Just be sure to check the list of exempt items.
  15. Texas: The tax-free weekend in Texas takes place Aug. 7-9, 2020, exempts taxes on clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced less than $100. Texas also has sales tax holidays in April for severe weather preparedness and in May for Energy Star appliances.
  16. Virginia: This tax-free weekend in Virginia lets you save on school supplies that cost less than $20 per item and clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item. You can also buy tax-exempt hurricane and emergency preparedness products, as well as Energy Star and WaterSense products. In 2019, it was Aug. 2-4, so look for similar dates in 2020.
  17. West Virginia: Effective around August 2021, West Virginia will honor a back-to-school holiday that allows you to save on an item of clothing costing up to $125, one item of school supplies costing $50 or less, an item of school instruction material costing up to $20, laptops and tablets—not purchased for trade or business purposes—costing $500 or less, and sporting equipment—not purchased for trade or business purposes—priced at $150 or less.

34 States That Didn't Have Tax-Free Holidays in 2019

The states listed below didn't have a tax-free holiday in 2019 and it's doubtful that they will 2020. Other states don't have a sales tax at all.

  1. Alaska (no sales tax collected)
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware (no sales tax collected)
  6. Georgia
  7. Hawaii
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Louisiana (in 2018 the state decided to cease all sales tax free holidays through June 30, 2025)
  14. Maine
  15. Michigan
  16. Minnesota
  17. Montana (no sales tax collected)
  18. Nebraska
  19. Nevada
  20. New Hampshire (no sales tax collected)
  21. New Jersey
  22. New York (though there could be one coming in the future as lawmakers are discussing a potential sales tax free holiday for water-conserving products during Memorial Day weekend)
  23. North Carolina (the sales tax free holiday was repealed in 2014)
  24. North Dakota
  25. Oregon (no sales tax collected)
  26. Pennsylvania
  27. Rhode Island
  28. South Dakota
  29. Utah
  30. Vermont
  31. Washington
  32. West Virginia
  33. Wisconsin
  34. Wyoming

Article Sources

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  2. Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. "2019 Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  3. Connecticut State Department of Revenue Services. "2019 Sales Tax Free Week." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  4. Florida Department of Revenue. "2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  5. Florida Department of Revenue. "2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  6. Iowa Department of Revenue. "Iowa's Annual Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  7. Comptroller of Maryland. "Sales and Use Tax Information: Shop Maryland Programs." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  8. "Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  9. Mississippi Department of Revenue Commissioner. "Official Guide Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  10. Missouri Department of Revenue. "Back to School Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  11. New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue. "Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 22, 2020.

  12. Ohio Department of Taxation. "Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  13. Oklahoma Tax Commission. "Oklahoma's Sales Tax Holiday, August 2-4." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  14. South Carolina Department of Revenue. "Sales Tax Free Weekend." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  15. Tennessee Department of Revenue. "Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  16. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. "Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  17. Virginia Department of Taxation. "Virginia Sales Tax Holiday." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

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  20. Louisiana Department of Revenue. "Revenue Information Bulletin No. 18-020." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  21. Montana Department of Revenue. "General Sales Tax." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  22. New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration. "General FAQ: Does New Hampshire Have a Sales Tax?" Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  23. The New York State Senate. "Senate Bill S6791." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  24. North Dakota Department of Revenue. "Important Notice: August Sales Tax Holiday Repealed." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  25. Oregon Department of Revenue. "Sales Tax." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.

  26. State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue. "Sales Tax Holiday in August 2018." Accessed Jan. 8, 2020.