Sixteen states offer a sales tax holiday known as a “tax-free weekend.” And considering sales tax reaches up to 11% in some states — looking at you, Arkansas — these aren’t wimpy savings, especially when it comes to diapers and baby stuff. Although most states will have their tax-free weekend in early- or mid-August, the first takes place July 16 – 18 in Alabama.

Diapers, bibs, baby clothes, and blankets are specifically included on most tax-free lists for the first time in 2021, which means we’re looking at a rare opportunity to save big on the items your little bundle of terror joy can’t have enough of.

Read on for a brief overview of how these weekends work as well as a rundown of where to find each baby product tax-free.

(Pssst…speaking of savings, download the KCL app so we can tell you when we see prices drop for all of the baby deals!)

 

What’s a “tax-free weekend?”

A “tax-free weekend” or sales tax holiday means that you can buy items from certain qualifying categories like clothing, shoes, computers, and school supplies without paying sales tax. Participating states set their own limits on how much you can spend without paying sales tax.

The term “tax-free holiday” can also include hurricane preparedness and Energy Star product savings, too. Those are separate holidays from back-to-school tax-free weekends, and they’re usually in the late winter and early spring. For our purposes, I’m only including tax-free weekends that offer savings on baby clothes, diapers, and blankets.

 

When is tax-free weekend 2021? Use this cheat sheet to find out which states offer it and when.

(Just click to open the table up and get the links to each U.S. States’ website with more details about tax-free weekend.)

Does “tax-free weekend” apply to online purchases?

Yes. As long as you make your qualifying online purchase while the sales tax holiday is happening in your state, you won’t pay sales tax, even if your item arrives after the tax-free weekend is over. Don’t just buy any online deal, though. See the best online deals and stack those savings!

 

 

Check out this table of which states are offering tax free baby items.

These states are pausing the sales tax on baby clothes.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

 

And these states will make diapers tax-free.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

 

Don’t forget bibs and receiving blankets if you live in these states:

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • Virginia

 

By the way, if you call Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, or Oregon home — there’s no sales tax anyway. Happy hunting, and enjoy the savings!

Yeah, Baby! Get Diapers, Bibs and Clothes on Tax-Free Weekend!