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Sales tax holiday dates for 2010

It feels like summer just started but its almost back-to-school time already. back to school A lot of back-to-school items go for sale during this time. To help your dollar go a little further, you could buy them during the sales tax holiday. Sales tax holiday literally means you won’t be charged a sales tax when you buy on these dates. The savings could be 4-9% based on the sales tax in your state. Keep in mind that shops are quite busy on such days so sometimes it makes sense to shop when the items you want go on sale with discounts larger than your sales tax. You can truly get a bargain by buying items on sale on these tax free days. Here are the dates for the sales tax holiday in states that have them.


State

Items/Limits

Dates


Link

Alabama Clothing $100
Computers $750
School supplies $50 per item
Books $30 per book
August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 Quick Reference Sheet
Connecticut Clothing/Footwear $300 August 15, 2010 –August 21, 2010 More Information
Florida Clothing & Books $50
School supplies  $10
August 13, 2010 – August 15, 2010 More Information
Illinois Clothing/Footwear $100
School supplies
August 6, 2010 – August 15, 2010 More Information
Iowa Clothing/Footwear $100 August 6, 2010 – August 7, 2010 More Information
Maryland Clothing/Footwear $100 August 8, 2010 – August 14, 2010 More Information
Massachusetts [Depending on stimulus bill] August 14, 2010 – August 15, 2010 [Depending on stimulus bill]
Mississippi Clothing/Footwear $100 July 30, 2010 – July 31, 2010 More Information
Missouri Clothing $100
School supplies $50
Computer software $350
Personal computers $3,500
Computer peripheral devices $3,500
August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information
New Mexico Clothing $100
Computers $1,000
School supplies $15
August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information
North Carolina Clothing/footwear $100
School supplies $100
Instructional materials $300
Sports/recreation equipment $50
Computers $3500
Computer supplies $250
August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information
Oklahoma Clothing/footwear $100 August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information
South Carolina Clothing, School supplies, computers and a lot of household items as well August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information
Tennessee Clothing $100
School supplies $100
Computers $1500
August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information
Texas School supplies $100
Clothing/Backpack/Footwear
August 20, 2010 – August 22, 2010 More Information
Virginia Clothing $100
School supplies $20
August 6, 2010 – August 8, 2010 More Information

Some states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon) don’t have any sales tax throughout the year and Pennsylvania/Minnesota doesn’t have sales tax on clothing and footwear (in PA).

The above table includes only the back-to-school sales tax holiday. There are others like energy star/green holiday (late fall/winter) and hurricane preparedness holiday (April/May). For more information on the complete list of these sales tax holidays visit the Federation of Tax Administration.  Can we get California on board for ANY of these holidays please? Ah, wishful thinking!

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