Back To School Tax Free Weekend 2015

Back To School Tax Free Weekend 2015 Guide

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As part of our comprehensive Back to School coverage, we wanted to make sure you understand all of the options for saving money on your Back to School shopping. While you can find the best Back to School sales and deals on our Hot Deals Page, sometimes there isn't a deal on something you need. If this is the case, and you live in one of the 17 participating States, there are designated No Tax periods for Back to School shopping . So as you keep an eye on the Hot Deals Page, when your State's No Tax Back To School dates arrive, you can visit our store page for your favorite merchant, such as Walmart, scope out one last time if there are any deals you need, and if not, just click the green shop now button. Remember, the Tax Free Weekends cover online purchases as well.

The basic concept is pretty to easy to understand, stores won't collect State taxes on your purchases for the specific date range. Local taxes may still apply. The nuts and bolts details, however, can be a little confusing. In the table below, you will see which States participate, what kinds of things are eligible, and what the dollar amounts are. The dollar amounts are for specific items, and are not an aggregate cap on sales. For instance, if you see that State X offers shoes tax free, and it lists $200, then you know that if you live in State X, you can buy any pair of shoes priced $200 or less. If you have 3 children that all need new shoes, you can by 3 pairs, tax free, provided each pair is less than $200. There is a little bit of common sense to use for some items, and some not-so-intuitive rules as well, so you may want to click the links if you have any concerns. The big caveat we saw was that a lot of states do not cover purely athletic equipment, like football cleats, that cannot be used for school during school hours.

State's With 2015 Back to School Tax Free Weekends

State Eligible Items Dates
Alabama Clothing: $100
Computers: $750
School Supplies: $50
Books: $30
August 7th - 9th
Arkansas Clothing: $100
School Supplies
August 1st - 2nd
Connecticut Clothing: $100
Footwear: $100
August 16th - 22nd
Florida School Supplies
Clothing: $100
Supplies: $15
Computers: $750
August 7th - 16th
Georgia Clothing: $100
Supplies: $20
Computers: $1000
July 31st - August 2nd
Iowa Clothing: $100 August 7th - 8th
Maryland Clothing: $100
Footwear: $100
August 9th - 15th
Massachusetts August 15th & 16th
Mississippi Clothing: $100
Footwear: $100
July 31st - August 1st
Missouri Clothing: $100
Computers: $3,500
School Supplies: $50
August 7th - 9th
New Mexico Clothing: $100
Computers: $1000
School Supplies: $30
Computer Equip.: $50
August 7th - 9th
Ohio Clothing: $75
School Supplies: $20
Instructional Materials: $20
August 7th - 9th
Oklahoma Clothing: $100 August 7th - 9th
South Carolina Clothing: Not Specified
School Supplies: Not Specified
Computers: Not Specified
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August 7th - 9th
Tennessee Clothing: $100
School Supplies: $100
Computers: $1,500
August 7th - 9th
Texas Clothing: $100
Backpacks: $100
School Supplies: $100
August 7th - 9th
Virginia Clothing: $100
School Supplies: $20
August 7th - 9th

Information up to date as of: July 16th, 2015

States not participating in Sales Tax Holidays include: Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, 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, and Wyoming.

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August 2, 2015
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