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2010 Sales Tax Holiday – Tax Free Back To School Shopping

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Summer may still be in full swing, however parents of school age children only have a few weeks remaining before the kids are heading back to class. While it may seem a tad premature to be thinking back to school shopping when many still have summer vacation plans on the horizon, there are definite savings to be found for early shoppers. There are several states that make early back to school shopping even more cost effective by eliminating sales tax on certain purchases. Savvy shoppers armed with this information can increase their savings while getting a head start on this annual shopping season.

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2010 Sales Tax Holiday – Tax Free Back To School Shopping

The list that follows offers details on the states offering tax free shopping, including the dates and what items are eligible.

  • Alabama (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing under $100, books under $30, school supplies under $50 and computers/equipment under $750.
  • Connecticut (August 15-21, 2010): Clothing and shoe purchases under $300.
  • Florida (August 13-15, 2010): Books, clothing, shoes under $50; school supplies under $10.
  • Georgia: suspended in 2010 (tax free back to school shopping previously offered is not in effect for the 2010 shopping season).
  • Illinois (August 6-15): 5% Sales tax reduction on clothing and footwear under $100, and school supplies.
  • Iowa (August 6-7, 2010): Clothing under $100, shoes under $100.
  • Louisiana (August 6-7, 2010): Sales tax holiday includes purchases under $2,500 with the exception of taxable services, automobiles and meals.
  • Maryland (August 8-14, 2010): Clothing and footwear under $100.
  • Mississippi (July 30-31, 2010): Clothing and footwear under $100 (check with individual municipalities who have the option to opt out of this tax free holiday).
  • Missouri 9August 6-8, 2010): Clothing under $100, school supplies under $50, computer and equipment under $3,500, computer software under $350 (cities and counties have the right to opt out of tax free holiday).
  • New Mexico (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing and footwear under $100, school supplies under $15, computers under $1,000 and equipment under $500.
  • New York (all year): exempt from 4% state sales tax on clothing or shoe purchases under $110.
  • North Carolina (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing, footwear and school supplies under $100, sports equipment under $50, computers under $3,500 and equipment under $250.
  • Oklahoma (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing and shoes under $100.
  • South Carolina (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers and equipment, accessories.
  • Tennessee (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing under $100, school supplies under $100, computers under $1,500.
  • Texas (August 20-22, 2010): Clothing and footwear under $100; includes backpacks and layaway items.
  • Virginia (August 6-8, 2010): Clothing and footwear under $100, school supplies under $20.
  • Washington D.C. - suspended for 2010 (previously offered tax holiday is not in effect this year).

If you live in or around the states listed here, you have the opportunity to stretch your school shopping dollars even further this year.


Published or updated August 3, 2010.
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1 Pamela

This is why I love back-to-school sales. Great deals, sales tax holiday plus coupons means a lot of savings. Thanks for the list.

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