Tax Free Shopping For Back To School


tax free shopping

There are 17 states offering tax free this year, and 13 begin theirs this weekend to appeal to the back-to-school crowd. I look forward to this all year long.  Time to replinish school supplies, go through my kids closets and dressers to see what fits and doesn’t fit them. Then purchase new clothing and possibly stock up on the next size up if the deals are good! 


The 13 states that are offering tax free right now are:


Florida: August 7-16 – Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.


Iowa: August 7-8 – Clothing or footwear having a selling price less than $100.00.


Louisiana: August 7-8: 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. 


Maryland: August 9-15 – Apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item.


Mississippi: Sept. 4-6 – Items included are firearms, ammo, and hunting supplies.


Missouri: August 7-9 – Items included are clothing, school supplies, computers.


New Mexico: August 7-9 – Clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit. The price limit for desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers is $1,000, and for related computer hardware it is $500.


Ohio: August 7-9 –  Clothing priced at $75 per item or less and school supplies priced at $20 per item or less.


Oklahoma: August 7-9 – Footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100 during the holiday.


South Carolina: August 7-9 – clothing accessories (e.g., hats, scarves, hosiery, and handbags), footwear, school supplies (e.g., pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, book bags, lunchboxes, and calculators), computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, and bath wash clothes, blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, sheet sets, comforter sets, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs and mats, pillows, and pillow cases.


Tennessee: August 7-9 – Clothing:  $100 or Less, school supplies:  $100 or Less and computers:  $1,500 or Les


Texas: August 7-9 – Clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100.


If you stack the no sales tax and either clearance or sales you can save a decent amount of money. Do not forget the consignment stores or thrift stores for back to school clothing shopping either for even more money saving deals! 



  1. I live in Florida and will actually be shopping for a new laptop this week. I’ll save quite a bit with the tax free incentive. I love that they’ve extended it from 1 week to 10 days here. It gives me more time to find a good deal.

    • Danielle,

      I live in Florida too and will be heading to the stores for clothing shopping for my kids and myself!

  2. Tax free days are the days I try to shop most. Here in Canada certain provinces have better savings than others when it comes to taxes

  3. This is such a great way to shop! I wish California would go tax-free too!

  4. Wonderful list and so helpful as a reference source. I am sure lots of people will want these dates.

  5. Great list. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t really need anything this year to take advantage of the great deal that is “tax free”

  6. Tax Free Weekend is always a great time to shop! Thanks for sharing this information!

  7. Shopping tax free is already a big help. I always make sure I take advantage of this.

  8. Too bad California doesn’t have this! That would be awesome.

  9. great list .. i love tax free shopping back to school. I live in CA, i haven’t checked our local ads. Hope they will do the same

  10. Paying tax free is already a big help, so I make sure I take advantage of this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I saw it advertised in a window recently. I think it is a good concept.

  12. Oh wow this is pretty awesome. I wish we had something like this here. Our taxes are outrageous so this would be SO helpful!

  13. Ugh, California doesn’t do tax free days. Not sure why? BUT, I did see Kohl’s is doing their own tax free days for us, and we can stack coupons onto it too. I’m going today!

    • Ashley, California SHOULD have tax free considering it is SO expensive to live there, they should give you a break!

  14. This is such a helpful resource to have these tax free shopping offers. Thanks for the reminder.

  15. Tax free shopping is great! Just that with the exchange rate as it is that’s not a viable option for some of us right now. Love the deals you shared!

  16. Darn my State isn’t on the list. It’s such a great savings for people that live there. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Elizabeth O. says:

    That’s really good info right there, thanks! Tax free shopping really is something I make sure I never miss. Hey, it pays to be money-smart! Hehe.

  18. We also had a tax free weekend in Virginia. I didn’t get to take advantage of it but I am sure it helped a lot of people.

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