2018 Tax Free Shopping Days

It used to be a nationwide phenomenon, but now there are only 16 states that dispense with sales taxes so families can save during the back to school shopping season.

Most fall on a weekend, though a few states give you more time. Depending on when the school year starts, the dates are in late July to early/mid-August. And if you live in Georgia, the tax free days have been cancelled for 2018 but Louisiana residents will get a break this year.

Clothing and school supplies are almost always tax exempt, but some states will waive taxes on computers, shoes/boots and backpacks. Check with your state, however, to find out what qualifies as school supplies. TYpically thought of (text books, notepads, calculators….).

If you live nearby one of these states, consider crossing the border if you have lots of school supplies and clothing or you need to purchase a computer. The savings could be worth it.

2018 Tax Free Holiday Dates

  1. Alabama: July 20 – 22 on clothing, school supplies and computers
  2. Arkansas: August 4 to August 5 on clothing and school supplies
  3. Connecticut: August 19 to August 25 on clothing and shoes/footwear
  4. Florida: August 3 to August 5 on clothing, school supplies and computers
  5. Iowa: August 3 to August 4 on clothing only
  6. Louisiana: August 3 to August 4 on personal property purchases of less than $2,500.
  7. Maryland: August 12 to August 18 on clothing and shoes/footwear
  8. Mississippi: July 27 to July 28 on clothing and shoes/footwear
  9. Missouri: August 3 to August 5 on clothing, school supplies and computers
  10. New Mexico: August 3 to August 5 on clothing, school supplies and computers
  11. Ohio: August 3 to August 5 on clothing and school supplies
  12. Oklahoma: August 3 to August 5 on clothing only
  13. South Carolina: August 3 to August 5 on clothing, school supplies and computers
  14. Tennessee: July 27 to July 29 on clothing, school supplies and computers
  15. Texas: August 10 to August 12 on clothing, school supplies and backpacks
  16. Virginia: August 3 to August 5 on clothing and school supplies
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by on June 29th, 2018