Tax-Free Holidays 2019

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.

17 States That Have Tax-Free Holidays in 2019

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

Below are 17 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 (July 19-21, 2019): Shop during Alabama's tax-free weekend and you'll not have to pay taxes on certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing. Select the link to see the list of cities and counties that are participating in Alabama's tax-free weekend and which items are exempt from taxes. Alabama also offers another tax-free holiday February 21-23, 2020, where you won't have to pay taxes on select weather preparedness items up to $60.
  2. Arkansas (August 3-4, 2019): If you shop in Arkansas these days, you can get tax-free shopping on purchases of certain school supplies, art supplies, instructional materials, and clothing.
  1. Connecticut (August 18-24, 2019)1: Connecticut shoppers get a whole week of tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear purchases that don't exceed $100 per item.
  2. Florida (August 2-4, 2019)1: 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. Here's a list of the exempt items for this year. Florida also offered another tax-free holiday 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.
  1. Iowa (August 2-3, 2019): Iowa also has a tax-free weekend that's good on clothing or footwear with a value of less than $100 per item. Here's a complete list of Iowa's exempt items for their tax holiday.
  2. Maryland (August 11-17, 2019): Maryland has a whole week of tax-free shopping where you can buy apparel and footwear less than $100 and not pay taxes (see the list here). They've also added an exception of taxes off the first $40 of a backpack. Maryland also had another tax-free holiday February 16-18 for Energy Star items with no cap.
  1. Massachusetts (August 10-11, 2019)1: 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.
  2. Mississippi (July 26-27, 2019): Mississippi's 2019 tax-free shopping weekend lets you save on taxes when buying certain clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100 per item.
  3. Missouri (August 2-4, 2019)1: 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). Note that certain counties and cities are opting out this year. Missouri also had another tax-free holiday April 19-25 for energy star items with no cap.
  1. New Mexico (August 2-4, 2019)1: 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. New Mexico also has another tax-free holiday on November 24 for business items up to $500.
  2. Ohio (August 2-4, 2019): 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.
  1. Oklahoma (August 2-4, 2019)1: There's tax-free weekend in Oklahoma on clothing and shoes that are under $100.
  2. South Carolina (August 2-4, 2019)1: 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.
  3. Tennessee (July 26-28, 2019): The tax-free weekend in Tennessee 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. Go here for a full list of exempt items.
  1. Texas (August 9-11, 2019): The tax-free weekend in Texas exempts taxes on clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced less than $100.
  2. Virginia (August 2-4, 2019): 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.

34 States Without Tax-Free Holidays in 2019

The states listed below didn't have a tax-free holiday last year and it's doubtful that they will this year. 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
  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
  23. North Carolina
  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