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2017 Sales Tax Holidays by State

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Love them or hate them, sales tax holidays are here to stay, at least for another year. Sales tax holidays are important, both for consumers wishing to save money, and retailers who are encouraged and may be required to participate.

Each year, the list of sales tax holidays changes, as some states add tax-free dates, and others cancel them. It’s an ongoing process of legislation among states, so we’ll do our best to keep this page updated throughout 2017. We’ve linked to resources where possible, but sometimes these haven’t yet been updated for the current year, and in that case we’ve marked the resources as being from a previous year.

So without further ado, the following table outlines the 2017 Sales Tax Holidays on a state-by-state basis.

State Type Dates Details
Alabama Weather Preparedness February 24 – 26, 2017
  • Local sales and use tax may apply.
  • Retailers are required to participate and are not allowed to charge tax on items that are including among the exemptions.
  • Includes items such as batteries, radios, self-powered lights, sheets/tarpaulins, plywood, food storage cooler, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers. See complete list of exempt items.
  • More Information
Alabama Back to School July 21 – 23, 2017
  • Local sales and use tax may apply.
  • Retailers are required to participate and are not allowed to charge tax on items that are including among the exemptions.
  • Exempts most general-use clothing priced at $100 or less (shirts, pants, shorts, socks, etc). Accessories, protective equipment, and sports equipment is specifically not exempt.
  • Exempts computers, software, and school-related computer supplies priced at $750 or less
  • Exempts non-commercial purchases of school supplies priced at $50 or less (such as pens, paper, binders, etc)
  • Exempts non-commercial purchases of books priced at $30 or less
  • See complete list of exempt items (from 2016)
  • More Information (from 2016)
Arkansas Back to School August 5 – 6, 2017
  • Local sales tax also does not apply.
  • Exempts most general-use clothing priced at $100 or less (shirts, pants, shorts, socks, etc).
  • Exempts most general-use clothing accessories priced at $50 or less (jewelry, watches, briefcases and handbags, etc).
  • Exempts purchases of certain school supplies (only specific items listed)
  • Exempts purchases of certain school art supplies (only specific items listed)
  • Exempts purchases of books related to school or a course of study such as textbooks and reference books
  • See complete list of exempt items (from 2016)
  • More Information (from 2016)
Connecticut Back to School August 20 – 26, 2017
  • Exempts general clothing and footwear priced at $100 per item, or less. Certain items are excluded, such as jewelry, sports uniforms, protective equipment, accessories, and insoles.
  • More Information (from 2016)
Florida Weather Preparedness June 4 – 6, 2017
  • Exempts items related to emergency and severe weather preparedness, including batteries ($30 or less), flashlights ($20 or less), battery- and solar-powered radios ($50 or less), and portable generators that cost $150 or less.
  • A complete list of exempt items
  • More Information
Florida Back to School August 4 – 6, 2017
  • Clothing, shoes, wallets, handbags and backpacks that cost $60 or less are exempt.
  • Computers that cost less than $750 are exempt.
  • School supplies, such as pens, pencils, binders and lunch boxes that cost less than $15 are exempt.
  • More Information
Iowa Back to School August 4 – 5, 2017
  • Exempts general clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. Certain items are excluded, such as jewelry, watches, protective equipment, umbrellas, skis and skates, and more.
  • Local sales tax is not collected during the tax-free weekend
  • The exemption only occurs on Friday and Saturday – never Sunday
  • Representative items that are exempt
  • More Information (from 2016)
Louisiana Weather Preparedness May 27 – 28, 2017
  • Reduces sales tax to only 3% for qualifying items
  • Includes items generally use during a hurricane, such as candles, flashlights, radios, batteries, food storage, shutters, and generators
  • More information
Louisiana Back to School / General August 4 – 5, 2017
  • Reduces the sales tax rate by 2% for all tangible personal property less than $2500
  • Local taxes still apply unless the local jurisdiction also exempts their portion of the total sales tax
  • More information
Louisiana Second Amendment September 1-3, 2017
  • Reduces the sales tax rate by 2% for firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies
  • Local taxes still apply unless the local jurisdiction also exempts their portion of the total sales tax
  • More information
Maryland Energy Star February 18 – 20, 2017
  • Exempts Energy Star Products, including
    • Air conditioners
    • Washers and dryers
    • Furnaces
    • Heat pumps
    • Boilers
    • Solar water heaters (which are always tax-exempt)
    • Standard size refrigerators
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Programmable thermostats
    • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
    • Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs
  • Under the Seller’s Privilege provision, retailers selling other items that don’t qualify for the tax exemption, may still sell these items tax-exempt and absorb the cost of the tax. Certain rules apply.
  • More Information
Maryland Back to School August 13 – 19, 2017
  • Exempts clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per item.
  • Under the Seller’s Privilege provision, retailers selling other items that don’t qualify for the tax exemption, may still sell these items tax-exempt and absorb the cost of the tax. Certain rules apply.
  • More Information
Mississippi Back to School July 28 – 29 2017
  • Exempts clothing priced at $100 or less per item.
  • Exempts footwear priced at $100 or less per item, but excludes skates, skis, etc.
  • Accessories (watches, jewelry, wallets, umbrellas, etc) are NOT exempt
  • Certain cities may elect not to participate
  • More Information (2016)
Mississippi Second Amendment August 25 – 27, 2017
  • Exempts firearms, ammunition and certain hunting supplies
  • General hunting supplies and animals used for hunting are not exempt
  • Certain cities may elect not to participate
  • More Information (2016) – this document includes a list of eligible and non-eligible items
Missouri Energy Star April 19 – 25, 2017
  • Exempts the following appliances if they are Energy Star certified: Clothes washers, clothes dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, freezers, and heat pumps
  • Trash compactors, conventional ovens, ranges and stoves are not currently certified as Energy Star compliant, and therefore do not qualify. However, if the Energy Star label should be applied in the future, these items would become exempt during the holiday.
  • Local jurisdictions may elect to participate or not. See the link below for cities which will and will not participate.
  • More Information (2016)
Missouri Back to School August 4 – 6, 2017
  • Exempts clothing having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • Exempts school supplies, as long as the total purchase does not exceed $50
  • Exempts computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less
  • Exempts personal computers with a taxable value of $1,500 or less
  • Exempts computer peripheral devices, not to exceed $1,500
  • Exempts graphing calculators not to exceed $150
  • The sales tax holiday may not apply to any retailer when less than two percent of the retailer’s merchandise offered for sale qualifies for the sales tax holiday. However, the retailer must provide the taxpayer a refund of the sales tax paid if the customer requests one.
  • Local jurisdictions may elect to participate or not. See the link below for cities which will and will not participate.
  • More Information (2016)
New Mexico Back to School August 4 – 6, 2017
  • Exempts clothing or shoes priced at less than $100 per unit.
  • Exempts desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers priced at $1,000 or less
  • Exempts related computer hardware priced at $500 or less.
  • Exempts school supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms priced below $30, $100, or $200 per unit, depending on the type of supplies
  • Certain exclusions apply in all groups.
  • More Information (2016)
Ohio Back to School August 4 – 6, 2017
  • Exempts clothing priced at $75 or Less
  • Exempts school supplies priced at $20 or Less
  • Exempts instructional materials priced at $20 or Less
  • More Information
South Carolina Back to School August 4 – 6, 2017
  • Exempts clothing priced at $100 or Less
  • Exempts school supplies priced at $100 or Less
  • Exempts computers priced at $1,500 or Less
  • Certain items are excluded, such as (but not limited to) rentals, mattresses, cameras, uniforms, sports equipment, and more. See the list here
  • More Information
Tennessee Back to School July 28 – 30, 2017
  • Exempts most clothing, school supplies, and computers
  • Clothing and schools supplies must be individually priced at $100 or less to be exempt.
  • Computers must be priced at $1500 or less to qualify for the exemption.
  • More Information
Texas Weather Preparedness April 22 – 24, 2017
  • Exempts portable generators priced at $3000 or less
  • Exempts hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at $300 or less
  • Exempts Batteries (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt), first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets and axes, mobile telephone batteries and chargers, nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage, nonelectric can openers, portable self-powered light sources (hand cranked flashlights), portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios, reusable and artificial ice products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, tarps and other plastic sheeting priced at $75 or less
  • More Information
Texas Energy Star and Water Efficient Products May 27 – 29, 2017
Texas Back to School August 11 – 13, 2017
  • Exempts clothing and footwear priced at less than $100
  • Exempts backpacks used by elementary and secondary students priced at less than $100. Wheeled backpacks are included as long as they can also be worn with straps on a person’s back. Luggage is excluded.
  • Exempts personal purchase of school supplies. (Businesses must provide an exemption certificate to avoid sales tax.)
  • Retailers may not advertise that they will pay customers’ sales tax on non-exempt items. However, they may advertise that the selling price includes sales tax.
  • More Information

States Without Sales Tax Holidays

The following states do not currently have a planned sales tax holiday: Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Some of these used to have sales tax free weekends/holidays but cancelled them in recent years:

Several of the states listed above as not having a holiday – including Georgia, Virginia, and Oklahoma – have had various sales tax holidays in the past and may again pass legislation to approve them for 2017. At this time, however, there are no firm sales tax holidays in these states. (We will update this page as legislation passes and additional holidays are approved.)

Other states are considering new sales tax holidays.

Tips for Retailers

Retailers in these states should know whether or not they are required to participate in the sales tax holidays, and plan accordingly. This includes modifying tax calculations on their website or in-store as needed, and classifying exempt items properly. The use of sales tax software like our TaxTools product can help simplify the process and help you make sure you’re in compliance with tax holiday laws and regulations.

Breaking it Down

If you analyze the list above, you’ll notice that there are really only 4 main types of tax holidays. These are: