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16 back-to-school sales tax holidays in August

Checking back to school shopping list_Daniel X O-Neil_Flickr Creative Commons
Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil via Flickr CC

With things more or less back to whatever now counts as normal, kids (and parents) are counting down the days until school restarts.

They're also looking, especially with inflation bumping up prices, for ways to save on necessary school supplies, which a recent National Retail Federation (NRF) survey found are expected to be around $864 this year.

Sixteen states are offering ways to help their back-to-school shoppers. They're offering state (and in some cases local) sales tax holidays in August.

Florida's two-week back-to-school tax holiday began July 25 and continues through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

Eleven states — Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia — are holding their tax-free events on this weekend. Most of them kick off Friday, Aug. 5.

The other four — in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey — are scheduled for later in the month.

The table below has more details and links if you or your youngsters are in need clothing, shoes, school supplies, computer equipment, and more.


August 2022
State Sales Taxes Holidays

State & Sales Tax Rate
Local taxes also may be waived

Holiday Days
& Dates

Tax-Free Products
& Per-Item Price Limits

Arkansas 6.5%

Saturday, Aug. 6
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing $100 or less
Accessories $50 or less
No dollar limit on school art supplies, school instructional materials, school supplies, and school-related products such as electronic devices, which includes computers, commonly used by a student in a course of study

Connecticut 6.35%

Sunday, Aug. 21
Saturday, Aug. 27

Clothing and footwear $100 or less
Accessories and protective or athletic clothing is still taxed

Florida 6%

Back to School
Sales Tax Holiday
Monday, July 25
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing $100 or less
School supplies $50 or less
Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles selling $30 or less
Computers, certain accessories $1,500 or less

Illinois 6.25%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 14 

The state's portion of sales tax during the holiday is reduced by 5%, dropping to  1.25% on clothing and footwear selling for less than $125 per item. Certain student school supplies also face the reduced tax; there's no price cap on eligible items.

Iowa 6%

Friday, Aug. 5
Saturday, Aug. 6 

Clothing and footwear priced at less than $100

Maryland 6%

Sunday, Aug. 14
Saturday, Aug. 20

Clothing and footwear $100 or less
First $40 of a backpack or bookbag sale 

Massachusetts 6.25%

Saturday, Aug. 13
Sunday, Aug. 14

Almost every personal item
priced at $2,500 or less

Missouri 4.225%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7 

Clothing $100 or less
School supplies $50 or less
Computer software $350 or less
Graphing calculators $150 or less 
Personal computers & peripheral devices $1,500 or less

New Jersey 6.625%

Aug. 27
Sept. 5

Computers less than $3,000
School computer supplies less than $1,000
No price limit on school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and sport or recreational equipment

New Mexico 5% effective July 1, 2022

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing or shoes $100 or less
Computers $1,000 or less
Computer hardware $500 or less No price limit on school supplies that "students normally use in a standard classroom for educational purposes"

Ohio 5.75%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing $75 or less
School instructional materials
& school supplies at $20 or less

Oklahoma 4.5%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing, footwear $100 or less

South Carolina 6%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7

No purchase price limit
on clothing accessories & footwear; school suppliescomputers, printers & printer supplies, computer software; & bed linens & bath furnishings

Texas 6.25%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing, footwear, backpacks
priced at less than $100
Cloth and disposable fabric face masks meet the definition of an article of clothing and therefore are tax exempt during this weekend.
School supplies at less than $100

Virginia 5.3%

Friday, Aug. 5
Sunday, Aug. 7

Clothing & footwear $100 or less
School supplies $20 or less
Energy Star & WaterSense products $2,500 or less
Hurricane preparedness items
priced from $60 to $1,000 or less

West Virginia 6%

Friday, Aug. 5
Monday, Aug. 8

Clothing, footwear $125 or less
School supplies ($50 or less)
School instruction material ($20 or less)
Sports equipment ($150 or less)
Computer tablet ($500 or less)


Other non-school tax savings: If you have no children, or your kiddos have moved out, you still could benefit from a couple of states' more unusual sales tax holidays this month.

Mississippi's 7 percent sales tax won't be collected during its tax holiday on firearms, ammunition, and certain hunting supplies. The Magnolia State's tax-free Second Amendment Weekend is Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28.

Tennessee also is offering gun-related tax savings this month and beyond. The Volunteer State began waiving its 7 percent sales tax on gun safes and gun safety devices on July 1. The tax savings on the weapon safety items continues through June 30, 2023.

Tennessee also is suspending its usual 4% food tax on grocery sales. That tax break started showing up on market receipts on Aug. 1 and will continue through Aug. 31.

My original tax holidays post has the collective details on all these events, including the other state holidays that that have past, as well as the many other mostly-Florida events that extend into 2023 (and beyond).

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