Category Archives: State Sales Tax Holidays

Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Don’t miss this year’s Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday when shopping for hurricane and emergency supplies. This tax free week takes place over 7 days:

Friday, June 1
Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 3
Monday, June 4
Tuesday, June 5
Wednesday, June 6
Thursday, June 7

On these dates, you can purchase qualifying items free of Florida state and local sales tax:

– Portable generators priced at $750 or less
– Portable self-powered radios, 2-way radios, or weather band radios priced at $50 or less
– Tarps or other flexible waterproof sheeting priced at $50 or less
– Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits priced at $50 or less
– AA, C, D, 6-Volt, or 9-Volt batteries priced at $30 or less
– Nonelectric coolers and ice chests priced at $30 or less
– Gas, LP gas, diesel fuel, or kerosene containers priced at $25 or less
– Portable self-powered flashlights, candles, lanterns, or other light sources priced at $20 or less
– Reusable ice priced at $10 or less

Any sales made within an airport, entertainment complex, theme park, or public lodging establishment do NOT qualify for this tax exemption.

Be sure to take advantage of the Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: June 1-8, 2018.

Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday

Don’t miss this year’s Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday when shopping for appliances and light bulbs. This 3 day tax free event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend:

Saturday, May 26
Sunday, May 27
Monday, May 28

On these dates, you can purchase qualifying items free of Texas state and local sales tax. All items MUST be ENERGY STAR labeled:

– Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
– Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
– Ceiling fans
– Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
– Clothes washers
– Dishwashers
– Dehumidifiers
– Programmable thermostats

These items DO NOT qualify, even if ENERGY STAR compliant:

– Water heaters
– Clothes dryers
– Freezers
– Stoves
– Attic fans
– Heat pumps
– Wine refrigerators
– Beer kegerators
– Other beverage chillers

Delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges by the seller are part of the item’s sales price. Charges for installing free-standing items are also part of the item’s sales price. All of these charges qualify for the tax exemption.

Be sure to take advantage of the Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday: May 26-27-28, 2018.

Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Don’t miss this year’s Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday when shopping for hurricane and emergency supplies. This 2 day tax free event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend:

Sunday, May 27
Monday, May 28

On these dates, eligible purchases are subject to a 3% state sales tax rate. This special rate applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item:

– Portable generators used to provide light, communications, or preserve food
– Portable self-powered flashlights, candles, lanterns, or other light sources
– Portable self-powered radios, 2-way radios, or weather band radios
– Tarps or other flexible waterproof sheeting priced at $50 or less
– Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits
– Gas or diesel fuel tanks
– AA, C, D, 6-Volt, or 9-Volt batteries. Excludes automobile and boat batteries.
– Cell phone batteries and chargers
– Nonelectric food storage coolers
– Storm shutter devices
– Blue ice products
– Carbon monoxide detectors

Note that this tax holiday only reduces the Louisiana STATE sales tax by 2 percentage points. The normal rate of LOCAL sales tax still applies.

Be sure to take advantage of the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: May 27-28, 2018.

Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

Don’t miss this year’s Alabama Sales Tax Holiday when doing your back-to-school shopping. The tax free weekend takes place over 3 days:

Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22

On these dates, you can purchase these items free of Alabama state sales tax:

– Clothing priced at $100 or less per article. Excludes accessories and protective or recreational equipment.
– Computers, computer software, and school computer supplies priced at $750 or less per total purchase. Excludes purchases for commercial use.
– Noncommercial school supplies priced at $50 or less per item.
– Noncommercial books priced at $30 or less per item.

Many stores will be having special back to school sales on eligible items in conjunction with the sales tax holiday. Walmart, Target, Belk, Shoe Station, Famous Footwear, Dillard’s, Kmart, Sears, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, and Staples have frequent tax free weekend sales and back to school tax holiday promotions.

Be sure to take advantage of the Alabama Sales Tax Holiday and back-to-school tax free weekend: July 20-21-22, 2018.

Alaska Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

If you live in Alaska, consider yourself fortunate when it comes to taxes. Alaska is one of five states that do not have a sales tax:

– Alaska
– Delaware
– Montana
– New Hampshire
– Oregon

Some cities in Alaska do levy a municipal sales tax. However, there is no statewide sales tax. Therefore, no sales tax holiday or tax free weekend is necessary for Alaska. Every day is a sales tax holiday! Back to school shopping is always cheaper (and better) when no sales taxes are required!

Arizona Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

If you live in Arizona, I have some bad news: Arizona will not be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2018. All back to school purchases during July and August will be subject to the normal combined state + county + city sales tax rate. In most areas, the total sales tax is between 8% and 9%.

If you happen to be traveling this summer, these 16 states WILL be holding sales tax holidays: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon have no state sales tax. In Minnesota and Pennsylvania, clothing and footwear are exempt.

Keep your fingers crossed and maybe (hopefully!) your legislators will enact an Arizona sales tax holiday for 2019.

Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

Don’t miss this year’s Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday when doing your back-to-school shopping. The tax free weekend takes place over 2 days:

Saturday, August 4
Sunday, August 5

On these dates, you can purchase these items free of Arkansas state AND local county and city sales tax:

– Clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 per article.
– School supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials.

Many stores will be having special back to school sales on eligible items in conjunction with the sales tax holiday. Walmart, Target, Belk, Shoe Carnival, Famous Footwear, Dillard’s, Kmart, Sears, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, and Staples have frequent tax free weekend sales and back to school tax holiday promotions.

Be sure to take advantage of the Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday and back-to-school tax free weekend: August 4-5, 2018.

California Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

If you live in California, I have some bad news: California will not be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2018. All back to school purchases during July and August will be subject to the normal combined state + county + city sales tax rate. In most areas, the total sales tax is between 8% and 10%.

If you happen to be traveling this summer, these 16 states WILL be holding sales tax holidays: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon have no state sales tax. In Minnesota and Pennsylvania, clothing and footwear are exempt.

Keep your fingers crossed and maybe (hopefully!) your legislators will enact a California sales tax holiday for 2019.

Colorado Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

If you live in Colorado, I have some bad news: Colorado will not be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2018. All back to school purchases during July and August will be subject to the normal combined state + county + city sales tax rate. In most areas, the total sales tax is between 7% and 9%.

If you happen to be traveling this summer, these 16 states WILL be holding sales tax holidays: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon have no state sales tax. In Minnesota and Pennsylvania, clothing and footwear are exempt.

Keep your fingers crossed and maybe (hopefully!) your legislators will enact a Colorado sales tax holiday for 2019.

Connecticut Sales Tax Holiday Free Weekend

Don’t miss this year’s Connecticut Sales Tax Holiday when doing your back-to-school shopping. Unlike most states where the tax free weekend lasts only a few days, Connecticut’s tax holiday continues for an entire week:

Sunday, August 19
Monday, August 20
Tuesday, August 21
Wednesday, August 22
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25

On these dates, you can purchase these items free of Connecticut state sales tax:

– Clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per item. Excludes clothing accessories and protective or athletic clothing.

Many stores will be having special back to school sales on eligible items in conjunction with the sales tax holiday. Walmart, Target, Belk, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Famous Footwear, Dillard’s, Kmart, Sears, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Marshalls have frequent tax free weekend sales and back to school tax holiday promotions.

Be sure to take advantage of the Connecticut Sales Tax Holiday and back-to-school tax free weekend: August 19-25, 2018.