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States With Sales Tax Holidays

Sales tax holidays often coincide with back-to-school sales or the start of hurricane season. Over the years, however, states have also added tax-free periods for those purchasing energy-efficient appliances and firearms. Just recently, Florida added a tax-free week to encourage people to get outdoors, go to concerts, or purchase tickets to other events.

What is a Sales Tax Holiday?

Sales tax holidays are limited periods of time when consumers can purchase specific items without paying sales tax on them. There is typically a purchase limit, such as $100. Purchases that exceed the limit are fully taxable. Many sales tax holidays take place during the summer. They often focus on back-to-school items or hurricane preparedness, but some also give breaks to those purchasing energy-efficient appliances or firearms.  

State legislators determine the length and timing of the sales tax holiday. Although several states host them annually, some are just one-time events. States without sales tax, such as Oregon and Alaska, do not participate. This year, 17 states will host sales tax holidays.

2021 Sales Tax Holidays By State

The following is a list of the 2021 tax-free weekends and sales tax holidays by state.

Alabama Tax Holidays

  • Severe Weather Preparedness (February 26-28)
    • Severe weather supplies, $60 or less per item
    • Portable generators and power cords, $1,000 or less in a single purchase
  • Back-To-School (July 16-18)
    • Clothing, $100 or less per item
    • School supplies, $50 or less per item
    • Computers, $750 or less in a single purchase

Arkansas Tax-Free Weekend

  • Back-To-School (August 7-8)
    • Clothing, $100 or less per item
    • Accessories, $50 or less per item
    • Electronic devices
    • School supplies

Florida Tax-Free Events

  • Disaster Preparedness (May 28 – June 6)
    • Reusable ice, $20 or less
    • Self-powered light sources, $40 or less
    • Gas containers and batteries, $50 or less
    • Coolers and ice chests, $60 or less
    • Other supplies, $100 or less
    • Portable generators, $1,000 or less
  • Freedom Week (July 1-7)
  • Back-To-School (July 31 – August 9)
    • School supplies, $15 or less per item
    • Clothing and footwear, $60 or less per item
    • Personal computers, up to $1,000 per item

Iowa 

Maryland Sales Tax Holidays

  • Energy Savings (February 13-15)
    • Appliances with the Energy Star™ label and compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Back-To-School (August 8-14)
    • Clothing
    • School supplies

Massachusetts 

  • Annual Sales Tax Holiday (August 14-15)

Mississippi Tax-Free Dates

  • Back-To-School (July 30-31)
    • Clothing and footwear, $100 or less per item
    • School supplies, $100 or less per item
  • Second Amendment (August 27-29)

Missouri Tax-Free Holidays

  • Show Me Green (April 19-25)
  • Back-To-School (August 6-8)
    • Clothing, $100 or less per item
    • School supplies, $50 or less per purchase
    • Personal computers, $1,500 or less in value
    • Computer software, items valued $350 or less
    • Graphing calculators, $150 or less

Ohio 

  • Annual Sales Tax Holiday (August 6-8)
    • Clothing, $75 or less per item
    • School supplies and instructional materials, $20 or less per item

Oklahoma 

South Carolina 

  • Sales Tax Free Weekend (August 6-8)

Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays

  • Back-To-School (July 30 – August 1)
    • Clothing, $100 or less per item
    • School supplies, $100 or less per item
    • Computers, up to $1,500 per purchase
  • Food Holiday (July 30 – August 5)
  • Gun Safety Tax Holiday (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

Texas Tax-Free Holidays

  • Emergency Preparation Supplies (April 24-26)
  • Energy Star (May 29-31)
    • Energy Star™ appliances
    • Ceiling fans
    • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Tax-Free Weekend (August 6-8)

Virginia Tax-Free Weekend

  • 3-Day Sales Tax Holiday (August 6-8)

West Virginia 

  • Back-To-School (July 30 – August 2)
    • Clothing, $125 or less per item
    • School supplies, valued at $50 or less
    • School instructional materials, $20 or less per item
    • Computers, $500 or less per item
    • Sports equipment, $150 or less per item

As of this writing, Connecticut and New Mexico have not posted their 2021 sales tax holiday dates. Connecticut typically hosts its tax-free period on the third Sunday of August through the following Saturday, which would be August 15-21. Last year, New Mexico held its tax-free weekend from August 7 through August 9. We expect the state to host its 2021 tax holiday August 6-8.