2011 Back-to-School Tax Holidays: When to Save in Your State

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This year's sales tax exemption season kicks off on Aug. 5. Read on to find out how to save in your state.

Residents in 10 states will skip out on paying sales tax on certain purchases this weekend. Residents in another three states will do the same later this month.

That’s because the back-to-school sales tax holiday season starts tomorrow, Aug. 5. So if you’re planning to buy clothing, shoes, school supplies, or office supplies soon, be sure to time your purchases with your state’s tax holiday. Even if you’re not a student or the parent of a student, the holiday still applies if you buy anything on your state’s exemption list.

Use the chart below to find out if or when your state will celebrate its tax holiday this year – sorry, Connecticutians, yours was canceled. Click on the link under “Details” for a detailed list of exactly which items are exempt from sales tax during your state’s holiday.

State Dates Details
Alabama Aug. 5-7 PDF
Arkansas Aug. 6-7 PDF
Connecticut Repealed for 2011 website
Florida Aug. 12-14 PDF
Iowa Aug. 5-6 PDF
Maryland Aug. 14-20 PDF
Missouri Aug. 5-7 website
New Mexico Aug. 5-7 PDF
North Carolina Aug. 5-7 PDF
Oklahoma Aug. 5-7 PDF
South Carolina Aug. 5-7 PDF
Tennessee Aug. 5-7 PDF
Texas Aug. 19-21 website
Virginia Aug. 5-7 PDF

If your state doesn’t have a back-to-school tax holiday, visit my Deals & Coupons page to save 24/7. And be sure to check the “Clothing, shoes, and accessories” section and the “Office and school supplies” before you do your back-to-school shopping.

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