backtoschoolsigncolorTax free weekends and holidays differ from state to state so make sure you check below to see the dates and if it is just school supplies or general items purchased. It is the one time of year we are offered this tax free opportunity to get a large discount on more expensive purchases that you may have been considering lately. According to the National Retail Federation the average spending on school supplies this year will go up 5 percent to $669.28.

You may also ask merchants or retailers you plan on making these purchases because some stores may not qualify for the tax free savings. Most of the larger chains do quality we found. We recommend you use a cash back credit card to get up to 5% back on some of these retailers all-year round.

Alabama
August 1-3, 2014
Covers certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.

Arkansas
August 2-3, 2014
School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.

Connecticut
August 17-23, 2014
The exclusion applies each year from the third Sunday in August through the following Saturday.
Connecticut shoppers will have one week to buy items of clothing and footwear costing under $300 without paying Connecticut sales tax.

Florida
August 1-3, 2014
Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday means that no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less, or on computers and certain related accessories selling for $750 or less per item when purchase for noncommercial home or personal use.

Georgia
August 1-2, 2014
Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item.
A single purchase, with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less, of personal computers and personal computer-related accessories.
General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.

Iowa
August 1-2, 2014
Offering tax breaks on purchases of select clothing and footwear.

Louisiana
August 1-2, 2014
The statute creating the holiday establishes the dates as the first consecutive Friday and Saturday each August. The Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The state sales tax is payable on the portion of the purchase price of any individual item in excess of $2,500.
The holiday will apply to the 4 percent state sales tax, but will not apply to the sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.

Maryland
August 10-16, 2014
The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday are designated as Shop Maryland Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less are exempt from the Maryland 6% sales tax. Accessory items are not included.

walmartcyberMississippi
July 25-26, 2014
Clothing and footwear items costing less than $100 per item, are exempt from sales tax during this period.

Missouri
August 1-3, 2014
Tax break on certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute.

New Mexico
August 1-3, 2014

North Carolina
Repealed for 2014

Oklahoma
August 1-3, 2014
The sales tax holiday exempts the sale of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 from sales taxes.

South Carolina
August 1-3, 2014
Beginning 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at twelve midnight the following Sunday of each year. Clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers, printer supplies, computer software and linens for the bed and bath are exempt from state and local sales tax.
Certain items, including, but not limited to, jewelry, cosmetics, furniture and items for use in a business are not exempt during the holiday.

Tennessee
August 1-3, 2014

Texas
August 8-10, 2014
Exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption during the sales tax holiday includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags. The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

Virginia
August 1-3, 2014
During this three-day period, purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less.

See our list from last year and previous years.