16 States With Sales Tax Breaks This Summer

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Who doesn’t love summer? Longer days, warmer weather, tax-free shopping.

States across the nation kick off sales tax holidays in late July and early August. Stroll into your favorite store during these windows, and you may be able to purchase items without being charged state sales tax.

Think of it as a way to boost your savings — and a rare opportunity to get an upper hand on the taxman.

In many of these summer sales tax holidays, back-to-school items are exempt items, including everything from clothes to school supplies. Other states extend the savings to things like office supplies and personal computers.

Holiday dates and the spending caps for exempt items also differ from state to state. So, check your state’s rules before heading to the store. For most of the states in the following list, you can click on the state name to learn more.

States with upcoming sales-tax holidays include:

  1. Alabama: July 17-19
  2. Arkansas: Aug. 1-2
  3. Connecticut: The state has yet to formally announce dates for 2020, but last year the holiday was the week of Aug. 18-24.
  4. Florida: Aug. 7-9
  5. Iowa: Aug. 7-8
  6. Maryland: Aug. 9-15
  7. Massachusetts: Aug. 29-30
  8. Mississippi: July 31-Aug. 1
  9. Missouri: Aug. 7-9
  10. New Mexico: Aug. 7-9
  11. Ohio: Aug. 7-9
  12. Oklahoma: The state has yet to formally announce dates for 2020, but last year the holiday was Aug. 2-4, starting on the first Friday in August.
  13. South Carolina: Aug. 7-9
  14. Tennessee: July 31-Aug. 2
  15. Texas: Aug. 7-9
  16. Virginia: Aug. 7-9

According to the Sales Tax Institute, statewide sales tax rates are as high as 7.25% — and 11.5% in Puerto Rico — not counting any local sales taxes. So, you stand to save a nice bit of cash by taking advantage of sales tax holidays.

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