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2014 Sales Tax Holiday – Tax Free Back To School Shopping

by Ryan Guina

Summer may still be in full swing, but 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 about 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. Most states limit tax exempt purchases to select school-related items, including clothing, footwear, school supplies, and computer equipment. Most clothing related items are only exempt if they cost less than $100.

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Save Big on Back to School Shopping!

We have listed the basics for each state, but it is too detailed to list every exclusion on this site. Be sure to visit your state website for specific tax exempt items and items excluded from the tax holiday. Also be aware that while state sales taxes are exempt during this period, some cities and counties may still charge their local sales tax. Some counties and municipalities have the option of opting out in some states.

Savvy shoppers armed with this information can increase their savings while getting a head start on this annual shopping season.

2014 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 1-3, 2014): Clothing under $100, books under $30, school supplies under $50 and computers/equipment under $750. More info.
  • Arkansas (August 2-3, 2014): Clothing under $100, school supplies. More info.
  • Connecticut (August 17-23, 2014): Non-athletic clothing and shoe purchases under $300. More info.
  • Florida (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing under $100, Computers under $750, school supplies under $15. More info.
  • Georgia (August 1-2, 2014): Clothing under $100, Computers under $1000, school supplies under $20. More info.
  • Iowa (August 1-2, 2014): Clothing under $100. More info.
  • Louisiana (August 1-2, 2014): Sales tax holiday includes purchases under $2,500 with the exception of taxable services, automobiles and meals. More info.
  • Maryland (August 10-16, 2014): Clothing and footwear under $100. More info.
  • Mississippi (July 25-26, 2014): Clothing and footwear under $100 (check with individual municipalities who have the option to opt out of this tax free holiday). More info.
  • Missouri (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing under $100, school supplies under $50, computer and equipment under $3,500 (cities and counties have the right to opt out of tax free holiday). More info.
  • New Mexico (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing and footwear under $100, school supplies under $30, computers under $1,000 and equipment under $500. More info.
  • Oklahoma (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing and shoes under $100. More info.
  • South Carolina (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers and equipment, accessories. More info.
  • Tennessee (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing under $100, school supplies under $100, computers under $1,500. More info.
  • Texas (August 8-10, 2010): Clothing, backpacks, footwear, and school supplies under $100. More info.
  • Virginia (August 1-3, 2014): Clothing and footwear under $100, school supplies under $20. More info.

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 July 31, 2014.
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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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2 Jason

I never knew states had tax holidays for back-to-school. That goes to show you no matter how long I’ve been in the financial services industry so much to learn.

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3 Alexis

I have been shopping on tax free weekend for as long as I can remember. I always get all of my school supplies/clothes during this time and don’t shop for months after. I usually wait until Black Friday or after the holidays to shop again.

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4 Jon

My state (PA) used to have a back-to-school tax holiday. Not sure if it was a one time thing or not. I’m hoping it comes back because my wife needs a new laptop. Saving the $50 on taxes is a nice little discount.

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5 Jarhead

While California does not participate in something like this that I know of shopping coupons and the clearance rack have ehlped us immensely. I have three kids to go back to school shopping for plus a 4th that has to get a thing here or there as she is only 3 but would be quite upset if she didn’t get a shirt or two while everyone else was getting something. Between Kohl’s and Macy’s clearance racks and special back to school discounts/promotions for using store cards we saved quite a bit this year.

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