Take advantage of tax-free weekend for back-to-school shopping!

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Back-to-school shopping sure can put a strain on any family’s budget. Many states have tax-free weekends in which certain objects under a particular price are exempt from sales tax. During early August, many states have tax-free weekends on clothing and school supplies to assist families with back-to-school shopping.

Check out our snazzy chart below for listings of which states have tax-free weekends, the tax-exempt items, and the maximum prices for items.

State Items and Maximum Cost (Per Item) 2011 Dates More Information
Alabama clothing – $100
computers – $750
school supplies – $50
books – $30
August 5-7 revenue.alabama.gov
Arkansas clothing and footwear – $100
Clothing accessories – $50
school supplies, art supplies, school instructional material
August 6-7 www.dfa.arkansas.gov
Connecticut clothing and footwear – $300 August 21-27 www.ct.gov
Florida school supplies – $15
clothing – $75
August 12-14 dor.myflorida.com
Iowa clothing – $100 August 5-6 www.iowaccess.org
Louisiana all TPP – $2,500
hurricane preparedness items – $1,500
August 5-6 revenue.louisiana.gov
Maryland clothing and footwear – $100 August 14-20 www.marylandtaxes.com
Missouri clothing – $100
computers – $3,500
school supplies – $50
August 5-7 dor.mo.gov
New Mexico clothing – $100
computers – $1,000
school supplies – $15
August 5-7 www.tax.newmexico.gov
North Carolina clothing – $100
school supples – $100
instructional material – $300
computers – $3,500
other comp. – $250
sports equip – $50
August 5-7 www.dornc.com
Oklahoma clothing – $100 August 5-7 www.tax.ok.gov
South Carolina clothing
school supplies
other (Check SC site for explicit items’ exemptions)
August 5-7 www.sctax.org
Tennessee clothing – $100
school supplies – $100
computers – $1,500
August 5-7 tn.gov
Texas clothing, backpacks, and school supplies – $100 August 19-21 www.window.state.tx.us
Virginia clothing – $100
school supplies – $20
August 5-7 www.tax.virginia.gov

On average, the maximum price for clothing is $100; for school supplies, the price ranges from $15 to $100, some states even exempting taxes on computers up to $1,000.

Basically, if you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia—this is your lucky August! Your state offers an August tax-free weekend on clothing and/or school supplies.

If you don’t live in those states but live nearby, you may want to hop in your car and take a short trip to your tax-free neighboring state for a shopping weekend (although some visiting residents who purchase tax-free goods may have to pay a “use tax”).

Go to a state’s individual tax website (also on the chart) for any particular questions about tax-free weekends, since states have different policies.  Most of all, channel your inner frugalista and shop tax-free items until you drop!

Also, remember to check out your favorite online deals site, Bargain Jill, for back-to-school coupons from national retailers that you can match up to save you even more! We have some news that some of your favorite retailers are going to have some unbelievable coupons for frugal coupon clippers during many of these weekends. Tax exemptions can reduce $5-10 dollars off every $100, so don’t miss out.