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Back-to-school shoppers in IL, MD & MA get sales tax holidays savings this weekend

CT and NJ shoppers get sales tax relief on classroom clothing and, in the Garden State, more at the end of this month.


And then there were five. That's how many states remain in the August back-to-school tax holiday list.

Three of them — in Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts — are this weekend.

The other two, in Connecticut and New Jersey, will close out this month.

Since most of the 19 states offering tax holidays this year have by now held their no-tax shopping events, all y'all know the drill.

The table below has specific dates and links with tax-free product details 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

Connecticut 6.35%

Sunday, Aug. 21
Saturday, Aug. 27

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

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.

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

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


Taxes also waived on firearms, gun safety items, and food products: Not interested in shopping for in run-of-the-mill items? Don't despair. A couple of southern states wrap up August with some more unusual sales tax holidays.

Mississippi's 7 percent sales tax won't be collected on firearms, ammunition, and certain hunting supplies during its Second Amendment Weekend. The Magnolia State no-tax event runs 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 continue 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.

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