Are you ready to save money on clothes, school supplies, and other essentials? Many states offer sales tax holidays throughout the year, allowing you to purchase these items without paying state and sometimes local sales tax. This can translate to significant savings, especially for back-to-school shopping! This guide will provide a comprehensive overview of 2024 sales tax free holidays across various states.

Alabama

Alabama offers two sales tax holidays throughout the year. One targets back-to-school shopping and occurs in July.

It’s important to note that these holidays exempt you from state sales tax, but local municipalities may still impose their own sales tax on qualifying items. Check for lists of participating counties.

July 19-21, 2024 – Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
  • Books – $30 or less
  • Clothing – $100 or less (excluding accessories and protective equipment)
  • Computers, computer software, and school computer supplies – $750 or less
  • Non-commercial school supplies – $50 or less

Learn more here.

Arkansas

Arkansas holds a single annual sales tax holiday in August. During this event, all retailers within the state must exempt qualifying purchases from both state and local sales taxes.

See this complete list of items exempted from tax.

August 3-4, 2024 – Annual Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing – $100 or less
  • Clothing accessories and equipment – $50 or less
  • Electronic devices – any price
  • School supplies – any price
  • School art supplies – any price
  • School instructional materials – any price

Learn more here.

Connecticut

Connecticut offers a singular sales tax holiday in 2024. However, it’s important to remember that this exemption applies only to the state’s portion of the sales tax, and local taxes may still be charged.

See this list of all qualifying items.

August 18-24, 2024 – Annual Sales Tax-Free Week
  • Clothing and footwear – $100 or less

Learn more here.

Florida

Florida has four upcoming sales tax holidays scheduled. Businesses in the state are allowed to sit out certain holidays if less than 5% of their prior year’s sales came from qualifying items.

Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday – July 29 – August 7
Two Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays – June 1 – 14, August 24 – September 6
A three-month Freedom Summer Tax Holiday – July 1 -31
A Tool Time Sales Tax Holiday September 1-7

Learn more here.

Iowa

Iowa has an upcoming sales tax holiday scheduled for August 2nd and 3rd. This holiday applies to both local and state taxes, and all businesses in Iowa must participate.

See here for a list of all eligible items.

Louisiana

While Louisiana used to have two annual sales tax holidays, they canceled them until 2025.

Maryland

Maryland will offer a back-to-school sales tax exemption in August 2024. Since Maryland doesn’t have local sales taxes, this exemption applies solely to the state sales tax.

August 11-17, 2024 – Annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week
  • Clothing and footwear – $100 or less
  • Backpacks and bookbags – only $40 is exempt

Learn more here.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts will hold a single sales tax holiday in 2024, offering tax-free savings on most personal-use retail purchases. While the specific date is still pending, there will be some exclusions, so be sure to check the official list of exemptions before shopping.

Date TBD – Annual Sales Tax Holiday
  • Most items for personal use – $2,500 or less

Learn more here.

Mississippi

Mississippi will offer two sales tax holidays in 2024. The July holiday lets local governments choose to participate, but the August/September holiday covers both state and local taxes.

July 26-27, 2024 – Annual Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing and footwear – $100 or less
  • Specific school supplies – $100 or less

Learn more here.

August 30-September 1, 2024 – Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday
  • Firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies (no price restriction)
  • Safety devices and equipment (but not gun safes)

Learn more here.

Missouri

In 2024, Missouri will celebrate with a back-to-school sales tax holiday in August.

August 2-4, 2024 – Annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing – $100 or less
  • Personal computers and computer peripherals – $1,500 or less
  • Computer software – $350 or less
  • Graphing calculators – $150 or less
  • School supplies – $50 or less

Learn more here.

Nevada

Nevada has one sales tax holiday in 2024 but it is limited to the members of Nevada’s National Guard.

October 25-27, 2024 – Sales Tax Holiday
  • This only applies to members of Nevada’s National Guard.
  • This applies to most personal property.

Learn more here.

New Jersey

New Jersey has one sales tax holiday in 2024 focused on back-to-school items and supplies.

August 24-September 2, 2024 – Annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
  • Computers – $3,000 or less
  • School computer supplies – $1,000 or less
  • School art supplies – any price
  • School instructional materials – any price
  • School supplies – any price
  • Sports or recreational equipment – any price

Learn more here.

New Mexico

While New Mexico levies a gross receipts tax (similar to a sales tax) that businesses typically pass on to customers, the state offers two tax breaks in 2024. In August, shoppers can save on qualifying back-to-school items, and in November, small businesses get a chance to sell tax-free.

August 2-4, 2024 – Annual Back-to-School Tax-Free Holiday
  • Bookbags and backpacks – $100 or less
  • Globes – $100 or less
  • Clothing, footwear, and accessories – $100 or less
  • Computers and tablets – $1,000 or less
  • Computer peripherals – $500 or less
  • Handheld calculators – $200 or less
  • School supplies –  $30 or less

Learn more here.

November 30, 2024 – Small Business Saturday Tax Holiday
  • Retail sales of personal property – $500 or less
  • Only eligible for retailers whose primary place of business is in New Mexico and only employ 10 employees

Learn more here.

Ohio

Ohio shoppers can enjoy a single sales tax holiday in 2024. This tax break applies to both state and local sales taxes, and all businesses must participate.

August 2-4, 2024 – Annual Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing – $75 or less
  • School instructional materials – $20 or less
  • School supplies – $20 or less

Learn more here.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s back-to-school sales tax holiday in August exempts qualifying clothing and footwear (up to $100) from both state and local taxes. Participation is mandatory for all businesses.

August 2-4, 2024 – Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing and footwear – $100 or less

Learn more here.

South Carolina

South Carolina offers a back-to-school sales tax holiday in August 2024, with no spending limits! This tax break applies to both state and local taxes, and all businesses must participate.

August 2-4, 2024 – Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing and footwear – any price
  • Computers, printers and printer supplies, and software – any price
  • School supplies – any price
  • Select bed and bath items – any price

Learn more here.

Tennessee

Tennessee’s traditional sales tax holiday in July exempts qualifying clothing, school supplies, and computers (up to specified limits) from both state and local taxes. All businesses must participate.

July 26-28, 2024 – Sales Tax Holiday
  • Apparel – $100 or less
  • Computers, laptops, and tablets – $1,500 or less
  • School supplies – $100 or less
  • School art supplies – $100 or less

Learn more here.

Texas

In 2024, Texas will have a number of sales tax holidays for which participation by businesses is mandatory. All of them will apply to state and local taxes.

May 25-27, 2024 – Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday
  • Energy Star air conditioners – $6,000 or less
  • Energy Star refrigerators – $2,000 or less
  • Specified Energy Star products – any price

Learn more here.

May 25-27, 2024 – Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday
  • Any WaterSense-labeled product – any price
  • Certain other water-conserving products – any price

Learn more here.

August 9-11, 2024 –  Annual Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing and footwear – $100 or less
  • Specified school supplies – $100 or less
  • School backpacks – $100 or less

Learn more here.

Virginia

August 2-4, 2024 – Annual 3-day Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing and footwear – $100 or less
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products – $2,500 or less
  • Gas-powered chain saws – $350 or less
  • Portable generators – $1,000 or less
  • School supplies – $20 or less
  • Specified emergency and hurricane preparedness items – $60 or less

Learn more here.

West Virginia

In 2024, West Virginia will have one sales tax holiday focused on back-to-school. The sales tax holiday will apply to both state and local taxes and is mandatory.

August 2-5, 2024 – State Sales Tax Holiday
  • Clothing and footwear – $125 or less
  • Computers and tablets – $500 or less
  • School instructional materials – $20 or less
  • School supplies – $50 or less
  • Sports equipment – $150 or less

Learn more here.

 

 

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