Tax Free Weekends 2018

Go Back to School Shopping With These Tax Holidays

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Tax-free weekends (sometimes referred to as "sales tax holidays") are great opportunities for shoppers to take advantage of back-to-school purchases on items such as clothing, school supplies, and shoes.

You don't have to live in these states to take advantage of their tax-free weekends either, simply visit the state to do your shopping and you won't have to pay sales tax on those items as long as they are eligible under the state's tax-free shopping guidelines.

States That Have a Tax Free Weekend In 2018

Each state that participates in tax-free weekends has different rules and exclusions. Be sure to use the links to read the details on your state's tax-free shopping details.

Here is the list of states that offer tax-free weekends:

  • Alabama (July 20-22, 2018): Shop during Alabama's tax-free weekend and you'll not have to pay taxes on certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing. Click the link to see the list of cities and counties that are participating in Alabama's tax-free weekend.
  • Arkansas (August 4-5, 2018): If you shop in Arkansas you can get tax free shopping for the purchase of certain school supplies, art supplies, instructional materials, and clothing.
  • Connecticut (August 19-25, 2018): Connecticut shoppers will get a whole week of tax-free shopping on an up to $300 purchase of clothing or footwear.
  • Maryland (August 12-18, 2018): Maryland has a whole week of tax-free shopping where you can buy apparel and footwear less than $100 and not pay taxes. They've also recently added an exception of taxes off the first $40 of a backpack.
  • Ohio (August 3-5, 2018): During the free tax weekend in Ohio, clothing items priced at $75 or less, school supplies priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials priced at $20 or less, are all tax exempt.
  • Tennessee (July 27-29, 2018): The tax-free weekend in Tennessee will let your purchase clothing $100 or less, school supplies and school art supplies $100 or less, and computers $1,500 or less, without having to pay sales tax.
  • Texas (August 10-12, 2018) - There's also tax-free shopping in Texas which exempts taxes on clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced less than $100.
  • Virginia (August 3-5, 2018): The back-to-school tax-free weekend in Virginia will let you save on school supplies that cost less than $20 per item and clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item.

States That Haven't Announced Their Tax Free Weekend

Here is the list of states that usually offer a tax-free weekend but haven't announced one yet for 2018. The links will give you details on last year's sales tax holiday. 

  • Florida: Florida's tax-free weekend is good on certain clothing less than $60 per item, and certain school supplies that cost less than $15 per item.
  • Iowa: Iowa also has a tax free weekend that's good on clothing or footwear with a value of less than $100 per item.
  • Lousiana: There's a tax-free shopping weekend in Louisiana on the first $2,500 purchase of almost any individual item of tangible personal property.
  • Missippi: Mississippi will have a tax free shopping weekend where you can shop tax free on certain clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100 per item.
  • Missouri: You'll be able to shop tax-free in Missouri on certain items such as clothing, school supplies, and computers.
  • New Mexico: New Mexico's annual tax-free shopping weekend means you won't need to pay taxes on clothing, shoes, computers, computer equipment or school supplies up to a certain dollar amount.
  • Oklahoma: There's tax-free weekend in Oklahoma on clothing and shoes.
  • South Carolina: You'll be able to go tax-free shopping in South Carolina on clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and linens.

    States Without Tax Free Weekends

    These states didn't have a tax free weekend last year and it's doubtful that they will this year. Other states do not have a sales tax at all.

    • Alaska (no sales tax collected)
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Delaware (no sales tax collected)
    • Georgia
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Montana (no sales tax collected)
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire (no sales tax collected)
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Oregon (no sales tax collected)
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Dakota
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
    • Wyoming