16 state’s tax-free holidays will save you money on tech purchases

The new school year is fast approaching and for many this is a very exciting time of the year. It’s time to stock up on school supplies and all your tech gear. All of that shopping can add up pretty quickly unless you can get everything you need during your state’s tax-free weekend. Tap or click here for 15 summer tech gadgets you didn’t know you needed.

This is when participating states cut sales taxes on certain items, making back-to-school (or just shopping!) a little more affordable. Larger retailers like Walmart, Target and Amazon will participate.

This year, 16 states will participate. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon do not collect sales tax. Tax-free weekends vary by state, but plan ahead as most tax holidays start at 12:01 am and end at midnight.

Tax-free dates and offers by state for 2021

Alabama

When: 16th-18th July

What: Items include school supplies under $50, books under $30, computers under $750, and clothing under $100.

Arkansas

When: 7th-8th August

What: Arkansas has few things on its list that are tax-free, including clothing and shoes under $100, accessories under $50, and select school supplies. There are no tech deals included in this tax-free vacation.

Connecticut

When: 15th -21st August

What: Unlike most other states, Connecticut celebrates a whole week tax-free! This tax-free week begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday. Enjoy no sales tax on clothing and shoes that cost less than $100 per item. Athletic uniforms and equipment excluded. There are no tech deals included in this tax-free week.

Florida

When: July 31 – August 9

What: There are a variety of sweet deals during this extended tax-free week, including the purchase of clothing, shoes, and certain accessories that are selling for $60 or less per item. Certain school supplies sold for $15 or less, and the first $1,000 of the retail price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for non-commercial home or personal use.

Iowa

When: 6th-7th August

What: This annual holiday takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of August. There is no sales tax on clothing and shoes sold for less than $100. This excludes backpacks, handbags and sports uniforms, as well as any items not normally considered to be suitable for everyday use. No tech offers are included during this period.

Maryland

When: 8th-14th August

What: The state of Maryland treats you to a whole week without sales tax. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 (excluding accessories) and the first $40 of a backpack purchase are exempt from sales tax. There are no tech deals included this week.

Massachusetts

When: 14th-15th August

What: This tax-free weekend applies to retail merchandise priced at $2,500 or less. This excludes motor vehicles, motor boats, meals, telecommunications services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products, marijuana and marijuana products. There are no tech deals during this tax exemption.

Mississippi

When: 30.-31. July

What: Clothing and shoes that cost under $100 each. This excludes accessories. Items can be purchased in store or online. There are no tech deals during this Mississippi tax break.

Missouri

When: 6th-8th August

What: During this tax-free weekend, items include all clothing items, including shoes, for $100 or less. School supplies cannot exceed $50 per purchase, graphing calculators cannot exceed $150, computer software valued at $350 or less, and personal computers under $1,500.

New Mexico

When: 6th-8th August

What: Clothing or shoes priced at $100 or less each, computers at $1,000, associated computer hardware at $500, and school supplies at $30 or less. Not all retailers are required to participate, so ask before you go shopping!

Ohio

When: 6th-8th August

What: Clothing items priced at $75 or less, school supplies priced at $20 or less, and school supplies priced at $20 or less. There are no tech deals this tax-free weekend.

Oklahoma

When: 6th-8th August

What: Clothing or shoes priced under $100. Accessories, athletic shoes and protective gear are excluded. There are no tech deals.

South Carolina

When: 6th-8th August

What: Tax-free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. As long as an item is eligible, it is tax-free, whether purchased in-store or online.

Tennessee

When: July 30 – August 1

What: This tax holiday includes clothing less than $100; school supplies, including school art supplies, that cost $100 or less per item; and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

Texas

When: 6th-8th August

What: This includes most clothing items, including shoes, school supplies, and backpacks priced at $100 or less. These items can be purchased in a Texas store or online or from a Texas based catalog retailer.

Virginia

When: 6th-8th August

What: This includes school supplies priced at $20 or less per item and qualifying apparel and shoes priced at $100 or less per item. There are no tech deals during this tax exemption.

States not participating this year

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • new York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

That’s it, that’s the list. Plan ahead and take advantage of these tax-free holidays to save some of your hard-earned cash.

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