Tax holiday Feed

Good morning, early-rising Louisiana and Texas shoppers! I know all y'all are headed out to take first advantage of your states' special sales tax holidays this holiday weekend. Both Louisiana's hurricane preparedness reduced-sales-tax event and Texas' no-sales-tax on certain Energy Star appliances and water-saving devices started at 12:01 a.m. today, Saturday, May 27. The Pelican State's tax holiday, however, is shorter. Louisiana shoppers have only today and Sunday, May 28, to purchase tax-exempt items to help them through the coming 2017 hurricane season. The Lone Star State's tax holiday continues through Memorial Day Monday, May 29. Here are the highlights... Read more →


When the clock ticked past midnight today (Saturday, April 22), Texans welcomed their first sales tax holiday of 2017. During the three-day event, which runs until midnight Monday, April 24, no state or local sales tax will be collected on certain emergency preparation supplies. Portable generators like this sure come in handy when natural disasters disrupt regular power sources. Tax-free purchases these next three days include: batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75; hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and portable generators priced at less than $3,000. There's no limit on the number... Read more →


Maryland hosts the penultimate summer 2016 sales tax holiday this coming week. Maryland's sales tax holiday is this week, offering some savings on clothing and shoe purchases. The event in the Old Line State actually started today, Sunday, Aug. 14, at 12:01 a.m. It runs through midnight, Saturday, Aug. 20. Back-to-school in name only: These late summer events held annually in more than a dozen states -- there are/were 16 tax-free holidays and one tax-reduced period on the 2016 calendar -- typically are promoted as back-to-school shopping periods. In Maryland, however, school supplies bought this week are still taxable. Only... Read more →


State sales tax holidays are wrapping up in 10 states today (Sunday, Aug. 7), but some shoppers could find they owe taxes anyway. The tax-due buyers are the out-of-state folks who cross borders to pick up some ostensibly tax-free products. And while the traveling shoppers don't hand over taxes at the time of purchase in the tax holiday locale, when they take the goods back to their home states, they likely owe a use tax on the items. Ah yes, the use, or as I like to call it, useless tax. Use tax usually ignored: As its name indicates, a... Read more →


Today marks the heart of the annual back-to-school state sales tax holiday season. Texas shoppers can pick up school supplies, like these that take up a whole special row at my local H.E.B. grocery store, tax-free this weekend. (Photo by Kay Bell) Twelve of the 17 tax-free events are this weekend, or part of it. Iowa's tax-free and Louisiana's tax-reduced holidays run from Friday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 6. Tax holidays take place starting today through Sunday, Aug 7, in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Savvy shoppers can save a few... Read more →


Summer is winding down. That means school soon will be back in session. And that means several states are holding sales tax holidays. A young man double checks and checks off school supplies from his back-to-school shopping list. That's a great way to make the most of your state's sales tax holiday. (Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil via Flickr Creative Commons) Seventeen states have scheduled these annual tax-free shopping days in 2016, ranging from a couple of days to a full week. You can check out the complete list of the events on the ol' blog's new, dedicated State Sales... Read more →


If you're staying home this Memorial Day long weekend and home is Texas or a town near the Lone Star State border, you could save some tax dollars on energy efficient appliances. Texas' annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday began at 12:01 a.m. today, Saturday, May 28. It runs until midnight Memorial Day Monday, May 30. Energy and tax savings: During these three days, shoppers won't owe state or local sales tax on certain energy-efficient products with the Energy Star logo. The state sales tax in Texas is 6.25 percent. Local jurisdictions -- cities, counties, special purpose districts, and transit... Read more →


Timing is everything. Just ask all the Texans coping with the aftermath of recent spring storms and the unfortunate timing of the state's first storm-related tax holiday. Hail and its damage in Wylie, Texas, earlier in April. (Photos by Mary Ann Olson, left, and Wes Stephens, right, via The Weather Channel) On April 11, the Dallas-Ft. Worth areas was pummeled by storms, some of which produced softball size hail. Law enforcement agencies, media outlets and insurance companies were inundated with reports of shattered car windshields, broken windows in buildings and even holes in roofs. The next night, hailstones larger than... Read more →


Next week, Colorado's recreational marijuana users are in for a tax treat. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the state's two marijuana related taxes, which come to a combined 25 percent, will be waived. Sweet Leaf marijuana retail shop in Denver, Colorado. Photo courtesy Colorado Pot Guide. For folks who enjoy taking time for a little toking, this is way better than any of the back-to-school sales tax holidays that 18 states held earlier this summer. Day off for sales and excise taxes: Thanks to the intricacies Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) requirements, the state's 10 percent retail marijuana sales tax... Read more →


How do you plan to spend your three-day Labor Day break? Some folks will go shopping. And if they're shopping in Louisiana and Mississippi for firearms, they'll save some tax dollars. At 12:01 a.m. today, Friday, Sept. 4, cash registers in those two states stopped added sales tax charges to certain firearm, ammunition and hunting supply purchases. The tax-free status remains in effect until midnight Sunday, Sept. 6. Both Louisiana and Mississippi officials have dubbed the three no-tax days as Second Amendment sales tax holidays. But rather than, for the most part, having to do with a well-regulated militia, the... Read more →


New England shoppers this weekend are enjoying the final two back-to-school sales tax holidays of 2015. Massachusetts shoppers are taking advantage of no 6.25 percent state sales tax on most personal items costing $2,500 or less. The holiday began today, Saturday, Aug 15, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 16. Neighboring Connecticut holds a week-long tax holiday. It kicks off tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 16, and offers shoppers relief from the state's 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less through next Saturday, Aug. 22. Saving on city taxes, too: While the holidays are the products of... Read more →


This weekend is prime sales tax holiday season. Shoppers in 13 states will get a chance to trade beach bags for backpacks as part of the popular back-to-school tax-free events. Nine 3-day holidays: Starting today, Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9, nine states -- Alabama, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia -- are offering their residents three full days to pick up eligible products sans sales tax. Tax holidays also begin today in Iowa and Louisiana, but they end at midnight Saturday, Aug. 8. A week or more: Shoppers in Florida and Maryland get... Read more →


Hello, Cleveland and the rest of the Buckeye State. Welcome to the state sales tax holiday fraternity. Ohio will hold its first-ever tax holiday next weekend, Aug. 7-9. Like many others, it's aimed at back-to-school shoppers and offers tax savings on certain clothing and school supplies. Meanwhile, Massachusetts once again took its sweet time in deciding whether to offer Bay State shoppers some sales tax savings. A measure for a mid-August holiday weekend finally cleared the legislature on Wednesday, July 29, and is awaiting the governor's signature. Georgia and Mississippi kick off the 2015 summer sales tax holidays this Friday,... Read more →


Attention shoppers. You can save some tax dollars thanks to upcoming sales tax holidays in Texas, Virginia and Louisiana. Texas kicks off the May spate of tax-free shopping with its annual energy efficiency tax holiday on Memorial Day weekend. Tax-free Texas shopping will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 -- and you can be sure some stores will have special openings as Friday night rolls into the holiday weekend -- and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day Monday, May 25. During these three days, Texans won't pay any state or local sales tax on certain energy efficient... Read more →


The kids are finally back in class. Thanks to a variety of summer sales tax holidays across the country, their parents saved some cash on school clothing and supplies. Now a handful of states is offering energy-related sales tax holidays. In all cases, the eligible tax-free items are Energy Star or WaterSense, certified. These programs, run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, in the case of Energy Star, also the Energy Department Energy, encourage the use of energy- and water-efficient products and practices. Florida kicked off the energy-related sales tax holidays on Friday, Sept. 19. Shoppers can save on... Read more →


It's a great weekend for Louisiana and Mississippi hunters and gun enthusiasts. Both states are holding Second Amendment sales tax holidays. The tax-free events began at 12:01 a.m. today, Sept. 5, and run through midnight on Sunday, Sept. 7. Louisiana's tax-free gun sales event has been around since 2009. This weekend, however, is the first sales tax holiday for weapon purchases in neighboring Mississippi. During these 72 hours, the sales taxes in both states -- 4 percent in Louisiana and 7 percent in Mississippi -- is not due on certain guns and related purchases. Similar sales tax holiday rules: The... Read more →


August is half over. You know what that means. The final late-summer sales tax holidays are here. It once again took Massachusetts lawmakers a while to hammer out that state's tax holiday, but they finally agreed that Bay State shoppers can hunt for tax-free deals this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17. On these two days, Massachusetts consumers can purchase just about anything without worrying about tax as long as the items don't cost more than $2,500 apiece. There still are a few things that are taxable this weekend in Massachusetts regardless of cost: all motor vehicles, motorboats,... Read more →


Shoppers are on alert in Texas and Maryland this weekend. Back-to-school sales tax holidays are on tap in these two states. Here are the tax-free shopping details for my current and former states of residence. TEXAS Friday Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10 The Lone Star State kicks off this final flurry of back-to-school shopping today. Between now and stores' close of business on Sunday, Texans can pick up most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 sales tax free. Texas' state sales tax rate is 6.25 percent, but cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit authorities also... Read more →


A dozen states welcome August with sales tax holidays. Three more will hold similar events deeper into the month. Massachusetts lawmakers are still pondering exactly when in August their shoppers will get some tax savings. It's the usual sales tax holiday suspects. And although the annual events are often referred to as back-to-school tax holidays, there's a wide variety of items that are exempt for a few days from state and in many cases local sales taxes. Not in N.C.: There is, however, one state missing. For the first time in 12 years, North Carolina won't be holding a sales... Read more →


Mississippi gets a lot of grief for being at the bottom of some national lists. But when it comes to the annual spate of sales tax holidays, the Magnolia State takes the lead. Mississippi's annual sales tax holiday is this Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26. It might be first, but it has lots of company. Sixteen states, or possibly 17 if Massachusetts lawmakers make a move before they recess next week, will offer shoppers sales tax savings on selected items this summer. These events are decried by tax policy analysts as terrible ways to run a state's revenue... Read more →