These states are having tax holidays in August

Dan Berthiaume
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According to RetailMeNot, 15 states are suspending sales tax during special events in August.

The online discount platform has compiled a list of states that will not require consumers to pay state sales tax on least some product categories during limited-time periods in August. Alabama already held its own sales tax holiday July 17-19.

Tax-Free weekend dates and deals by state for 2020 (as compiled by RetailMeNot):

  1. Arkansas 
    a. When: Aug.1-2
    b. What: Clothing and footwear under $100, accessories under $50 and select school supplies.
  2. Connecticut 
    a. When: Aug. 16-22
    b. What: Connecticut goes sales-tax-free for an entire week with zero sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Athletic uniforms and gear excluded.
  3. Florida 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Avoid tax on clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item and computers up to $1,000.
  4. Iowa  
    a. When: Aug. 7-8
    b. What: Clothing or footwear selling for less than $100 is not taxed this weekend. This excludes backpacks, handbags and athletic uniforms.
  5. Maryland 
    a. When: Aug. 9-15
    b. What: Maryland also offers a week with no sales tax. Consumers pay no sales tax on clothing and footwear priced under $100 (excludes accessories) and the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase.
  6. Massachusetts 
    a. When: Aug. 29–30
    b. What: All retail goods priced at $2,500 or less, except motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunication services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products, marijuana and marijuana products.
  7. Mississippi 
    a. When: July 31–Aug. 1
    b. What: Clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Excludes backpacks.
  8. Missouri 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Any article of clothing, including footwear, with a taxable value of $100 or less; school supplies not to exceed $50 per purchase; graphing calculators not to exceed $150; computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less; and personal computers less than $1,500.
  9. New Mexico 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Clothing or shoes priced at less than $100 per item; computers at $1,000; related computer hardware at $500; and school supplies for $30 or less. Note that retailers are not required to participate in New Mexico's tax-free weekend.
  10. Ohio 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies or school instructional material priced at $20 per item or less and instructional materials less that $20 per item.
  11. Oklahoma 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Clothing and footwear priced under $100. Accessories, athletic footwear and protective gear is excluded.
  12. South Carolina 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Clothing, computers, accessories, school supplies, computers and select home goods.
  13. Tennessee 
    a. When: July 31–Aug. 2
    b. What: Clothing items for less than $100; school supplies, including art supplies for school, that cost $100 or less per item; and computers that are $1,500 or less.
  14. Texas 
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: Most clothing, footwear, school supplies, swimwear and backpacks priced less than $100 are free from sales and use taxes.
  15. Virginia  
    a. When: Aug. 7-9
    b. What: School supplies at $20 or less per item and qualified clothing and footwear at $100 or less per item.

This isn't just for back-to-school wish lists,” said Sara Skiboll, shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot. “Members of the whole family can benefit from savings on clothing, footwear, accessories and office supplies, as many people have shifted to working from home."