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Tax Break: Upcoming 2012 Tax-Free Weekends for School Shopping

Lisa.Kramer

It’s a most wonderful time of the year! And, no, I’m not talking about Christmas. It’s almost a tax-free holiday for 16 states. The happiness takes the form of a sales tax-free weekend lasting from Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Sunday. In a couple states, the sales tax holiday lasts for an entire week.

During said holiday, the state does not collect sales tax on specific items like clothing and school supplies in order to help parents get kids ready for going back to school. Retailers often add promotions during the state’s sales tax holiday to sweeten the deal for their customers. And don’t forget your coupons—they are still valid during the sales tax holiday. The triple whammy can mean huge savings for parents in these select states.

If you live in a non-participating state, I suggest you move to a better state or write a seething letter to your state congressman (I kid, I kid).  Be aware, however, that if you live in a non-participating state and purchase items during a participating state’s tax holiday, most states will impose a “use” tax on items bought or delivered.

Here are the states with tax-free weekend(s) in 2012:

  • Alabama Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–5): Applies to the clothing under $100, school supplies under $50, books under $30, and computers and computer equipment under $750.
  • Arkansas Tax-Free Weekend (August 4–5): Applies to clothing under $100 and school supplies.
  • Connecticut Tax-Free Week (August 19–25): Applies to clothing and footwear under $300.
  • Florida Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–5): Applies to school supplies under $15 and clothing under $75.
  • Georgia Tax-Free Weekends (August 10–11 and October 5–7): Aug. 10–11 applies to school supplies under $20, clothing under $100, and computers under $1,000.  Oct. 5–7 applies to energy and water efficient products up to $1500.
  • Iowa Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–4): Applies to clothing up to $100.
  • Louisiana Tax-Free Weekends (August 3–4 and September 7–9): Aug.  3–4 applies to all purchases under $2500, excluding the purchase of taxable services, automobiles, and meals. Sept. 7–9 applies to firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.
  • Maryland Tax Free Week (August 12–18): Applies to clothing and footwear under $100.
  • Missouri Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–5): Applies to clothing under $100, computers under $3,500, and school supplies under $50.
  • New Mexico Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–5): Applies to clothing under $100, computers under $1,000, computer equipment under $500 and school supplies under $30.
  • North Carolina Tax-Free Weekends (August 3–5 and November 2–4): Aug. 3 –5 applies to clothing under $100, school supplies under $100, instructional materials under $300, computers under $3,500, computer equipment under $250, and sports equipment under $50. Nov. 2–4 tax-free savings applies to Energy Star products.
  • Oklahoma Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–5): Tax-free savings applies to clothing under $100.
  • South Carolina Tax-Free Weekends (August 3–5 and November 23–24): During the tax-free weekend of August 3–5, tax-free savings applies to clothing, school supplies, computers, computer equipment, and linens. During the tax-free weekend of November 23–24, tax-free savings applies to guns, rifles, and handguns.
  • Tennessee Tax-Free Weekend (August 3–5): Applies to clothing under $100, school supplies under $100, and computers under $1,500.
  • Texas Tax-Free Weekend (August 17–19): Tax-free savings applies to clothing under $100, backpacks under $100, and school supplies under $100.
  • Virginia Tax-Free Weekends (August 3–5 and October 5–8): Aug. 3–5 applies to clothing under $100 and school supplies under $20. Oct. 5–8 applies to Energy Star products under $2,500.

If you see your state on the above list, make sure to click on the link for your state to view additional details and guidelines for your state’s tax-free weekend or week. Let us know about your state and tax-free shopping plans in Comments.

 

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