Tax Free Weekends 2016

Go Back to School Shopping With These Tax Holidays

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Tax free weekends are great opportunities for shoppers to take advantage of back-to-school purchases on items such as clothing, school supplies, and shoes.

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 That Have a Tax Free Weekend

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

Here are the list of states that offer tax free weekends along with the dates and items you can get for tax free:

  • Alabama (August 5-7, 2016) - Shop during Alabama's tax free weekend and you'll not have to pay taxes on certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing. Click the link to see the list of cities and counties that are participating in Alabama's tax free weekend.
  • Arkansas (August 6-7, 2016) - If you shop in Arkansas you can get tax free shopping for the purchase of certain school supplies, art supplies, instructional materials, and clothing.
  • Connecticut (August 21-27, 2016) - Connecticut shoppers will get a whole week of tax free shopping on an up to $100 purchase of clothing or footwear.
    • Florida (August 5-7, 2016) - 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.
    • Georgia (July 30-31, 2016) - Georgia will be having a tax free weekend this year with tax exemptions on clothing, computers, and school supplies. Use the link to find examples of exemptions.
      • Iowa (August 5-6, 2016) - Iowa also has a tax free weekend that's good on clothing or footwear with a value of less than $100 per item.
      • Louisiana ​​(August 5-6, 2016) - There's a tax free shopping weekend in Louisiana on the first $2,500 purchase of almost any individual item of tangible personal property.
      • Maryland (August 14-20, 2016) - Maryland has a whole week of tax free shopping where you can buy apparel and footwear less than $100 and not pay taxes.
      • Massachusetts (not yet announced) - Massachusetts will be having a tax free weekend this year that will apply to retail sales up to $2,500 on a single item with some exceptions.
      • Mississippi (July 29-30, 2016) - Mississippi will have a tax free shopping weekend where you can shop tax free on certain clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100 per item.
      • Missouri (August 5-7, 2016) - You'll be able to shop tax free in Missouri on certain items such as clothing, school supplies, and computers.
      • New Mexico (August 5-7, 2016) - 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.
      • Ohio (August 5-7, 2016) - 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.
        • Oklahoma (August 5-7, 2016) - There's tax free weekend in Oklahoma on clothing and shoes.
        • South Carolina (August 5-7, 2016) - You'll be able to go tax free shopping in South Carolina on clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and linens.
        • Tennessee (July 29-31, 2016) - The tax free weekend in Tennessee will let your purchase clothing, school supplies, and computers without having to pay sales tax.
        • Texas (August 5-7, 2016) - There's also tax free shopping in Texas which exempts taxes on clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced less than $100.
        • Virginia (August 5-7, 2016) - The back-to-school tax free weekend in Virginia will let you save on school supplies that cost less than $20 per item and clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item.