Sales Tax Holidays

A sales tax holiday is a limited-time period where a state allows sales tax to be waived or reduced on categories of items. These holidays are short in duration and are limited to the items listed. Annual holidays are recurring under the legislation. Non-annual require legislation each year.

How to use this chart:

This chart will keep you updated on what sales tax holidays may be going on in your state! Find the state you’re looking for and see recent, current, or upcoming sales tax holidays. Click on the state name to see news & tips for that state. Not all states hold sales tax holidays. For a handy chart of holiday information and key facts by state, select a jurisdiction.

State Type Dates Description
Alabama Annual Back to School Holiday July 20-22, 2018

1. Clothing – $100 or less per article (excluding accessories and protective or recreational equipment)
2. Single purchases ($750 or less) of computers, computer software, and school computer supplies (excluding purchases for commercial use)
3. Noncommercial school supplies – $50 or less per item
4. Noncommercial purchases of books – $30 or less per item

Note: not all counties and municipalities are participating in the sales tax holiday. Click here to view an updated chart listing participation.

Alabama Annual Severe Weather Holiday February 23-25, 2018

Severe weather preparedness items – $60 or less per item, except for generators and power cords, which are covered so long as they cost $1,000 or less. Note: not all counties and municipalities are participating in the sales tax holiday. Click here to view an updated chart listing participation.

Arkansas Annual Back to School Holiday August 4-5, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear – less than $100 per item
2. Clothing accessories and equipment – less than $50 per item
3. School supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials

Connecticut Annual Back to School Holiday August 19-25, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear – Less than $100 per item (excluding clothing accessories and protective or athletic clothing).

Iowa Annual Back to School Holiday August 3-4, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear – less than $100 per item (excluding clothing accessories).

Louisiana Annual 2nd Amendment Holiday September 7-9, 2018

1. Any consumer purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.

Louisiana Annual Severe Weather Holiday May 26-27, 2018

1. Hurricane preparedness items and supplies not sold at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store or entertainment complex – $1,500 or less per item. A 2% state sales tax exemption applies, so qualified purchaes are subject to only 3% state sales tax. Note: The holiday applies to the state sales tax, but does not apply to the sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.

Louisiana Annual General Purchases Holiday August 3-4, 2018

1. Purchases of most tangible personal property for non-business use – $2,500 or less per item. A 2% state sales tax exemption applies, so qualified purchases are subject to only 3% state sales tax. Note: The holiday applies to the state sales tax, but does not apply to the sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.

Maryland Annual Energy Star Holiday February 17-19, 2018

1. Sales of Energy Star products (includes air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats) and solar water heaters.

Maryland Annual Back to School Holiday August 12-18, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear (excluding accessories) – $100 or less per item.

Mississippi Annual Back to School Holiday July 27-28, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear – less than $100 per item.

Mississippi Annual 2nd Amendment Holiday August 31 - September 2, 2018

1. Retail sales of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.“Hunting supplies” means tangible personal property used for hunting, including, and limited to, archery equipment, firearm and archery cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts, and slings.

Missouri Annual Back to School Holiday August 3-5, 2018

1. Clothing – $100 or less per item (excluding clothing accessories)
2. School supplies – $50 or less per item
3. Computer Software – $350 or less per item
4. Computers/computer peripheral devices – $1,500 or less
5. Graphing calculators – $150 or less per item

Missouri Annual Energy Star Holiday April 19-25, 2018

1. All retail sales of Energy Star certified new appliances (includes Clothes washers, Clothes dryers, Water heaters, Dishwashers, Air conditioners, Furnaces, Refrigerators, Freezers, and Heat pumps) of up to $1,500 per appliance

New Mexico Annual Back to School Holiday August 3-5, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear items – less than $100 per item (excluding accessories, athletic or protective clothing or footwear)
2. School supplies – less than $30 per item
3. Computers, e-readers that have computing functions, and tablets – $1,000 or less per item
4. Certain computer related items – $500 or less per item
5. Book bags, backpacks, maps and globes – less than $100 per item
6. Handheld calculators – less than $200 per item

NOTE: Retailers are not required to participate.

Ohio Annual Back to School Holiday August 3-5, 2018

1. A clothing item priced at $75 or less
2. An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less
3. An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

Oklahoma Annual Back to School Holiday August 3-5, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear – less than $100 per item (excluding accessories, special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use that is not normally worn except when used for athletic activity or protective use, or to the rental of clothing or footwear)

South Carolina Annual Back to School Holiday August 3-5, 2018

1. Clothing and certain clothing accessories (excluding rentals)
2. Footwear (excluding rentals)
3. School supplies
4. Computers, printers and printer supplies and computer software (excludes items used for commercial purposes)
5. Certain bed and bath items

Tennessee Annual Back to School Holiday July 27-29, 2018

1. Clothing – $100 or less per item (excludes clothing accessories or equipment)
2. School and Art supplies -$100 or less per item
3. Computers – $1,500 or less per item (excludes computer software and any items for use in a trade or business)

Texas Annual Severe Weather Holiday April 28-30, 2018

1. Portable generators – less than $3000 per item
2. Hurricane shutters and emergency ladders – less than $300 per item
3. Other specified emergency preparation supplies – less than $75 per item

Texas Annual Energy Star Holiday May 26-28, 2018

1. Energy Star-qualified air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less; refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less; ceiling fans; incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; programmable thermostats; and clothes washers
2. Water-saving products that are used or planted for conserving or retaining groundwater; recharging water tables; or decreasing ambient air temperature, and so limiting water evaporation. Examples: soaker/drip-irrigation hose, a moisture control for sprinkler/irrigation system, mulch, rain barrel, permeable ground cover surface, plants, trees and grasses, water-saving surfactants, soil and compost.

Texas Annual Back to School Holiday August 10-12, 2018

1. Clothing and footwear – less than $100 per item (excluding accessories, athletic or protective clothing, and rentals of clothing or footwear); backpacks used by elementary and secondary students are included
2. Most School Supplies – less than $100 per item

Virginia Annual Energy Star, Back to School, Severe Weather Holiday August 3-5, 2018

1. Energy Star & WaterSense qualified products – $2,500 or less per item (purchased for noncommercial home or personal use)
2. Clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
3. School Supplies – $20 or less per item
4. Portable generators (up to $1,000 each)
5. Gas-powered chainsaws (up to $350 each)
6. Chainsaw accessories (up to $60 each)
7. Other hurricane preparedness items (up to $60 each)

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Learn More About Sales Tax Holidays:
  • For more information about sales tax holidays, check our our Sales Tax Holiday resources and FAQs.
  • Click here to view our infographic detailing the history of sales tax holidays!