Back to school shopping tax exempt weekends 2012: list of states and dates
Back-to-school tax exempt weekends are in full swing during August for many different states. This is one way to put a dent in the high-cost of clothing and supplies for the kids. Some states are offering more than tax exempt purchases on just ordinary school supplies, some are offering no tax on purchases for computers and even general merchandise.
States vary in sales tax, so the savings will also vary from state to state. With the sales tax being 7% in states like Tennessee, this offers substantial savings when cutting out the sales tax for back-to-school clothing and supplies. The Business Insider suggests using the tax exempt weekends for shopping on line and couple this with online reward malls.
Here is the list of states offering the back-to-school tax exempt weekends for 2012:
Alabama: August 3-5, 2012 – offers no sales tax on clothing $100 and under, school supplies $50 and under, books $30 and under and computers along with computer equipment $750 and under.
Arkansas: August 4-5, 2012 – the items that are sales tax exempt are clothing items $100 and under, shoes $100 and under and clothing accessories for $50 or less. School supplies are also offered as tax exempt.
Connecticut: August 19-25, 2012 – tax free for any shoe or clothing item priced at $300 or under.
Florida: August 3-5, 2012 – this tax free weekend includes most anything you would need to send the kids off for the new school year. Clothing, footwear, and books costing $75 or less are offered as tax free along with school supplies that are $15 or less each item.
Georgia: August 10 -11, 2012 – most clothing and footwear that have a sales price under $100 are exempt. Computers, tablets, printers and other technology and accessories under $1,000 will avoid state sales tax. This state is the only new state to jump aboard the tax-free holiday weekend this year. Georgia hasn’t had a tax exempt weekend since 2009, according to Patch.
Iowa: August 3-4, 2012 – you won’t pay tax on clothing and shoes purchased at $100 or less.
Louisiana: August 3-4, 2012 – most any purchase that cost $2,500 or under is tax exempt. (Excludes services taxes, meal taxes and automobiles). This state is having a tax exempt weekend on all types of merchandise.
Maryland: August 12-18, 2012 – you won’t pay sales tax on clothing and footwear purchased at $100 or less each.
Massachusetts: August 11-12, 2012- No sales tax on all items $2,500 and under. (Excludes restaurant meals, cars, motorboats, tobacco), according to Boston.com.
Missouri: August 3-5, 2012 – many items needed for back to school are tax-free for this weekend. School supplies $50 and under, clothing for $100 and under, computer software at $50 or less and computers or computer equipment purchased for $3,500 and less are included.
New Mexico: August 3-5, 2012 – this back to school weekend offers no tax on clothing priced $100 or less, computers $1,000 or under, computer equipment $500 or under and school supplies for $30 or less.
New York: This state’s back-to-school tax free weekend is all year round. New York doesn’t charge tax on clothing and foot wear items costing less than $110. The state raised the price as it used to be $55 per item, according to the New York Times.
North Carolina: August 3-5, 2012 – you won’t pay sales tax on back-to-school shopping items such as school supplies in addition to clothing and footwear under $100, computers under $3,500, and computer equipment less than $250.
Oklahoma: August 3-5, 2012 – no sales tax for this weekend on clothing and shoe items that cost less than $100.
South Carolina: August 3-5, 2012 -offers tax free savings on clothing, accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and computer equipment.
Tennessee: August 3-5, 2012 – tax exempt back-to-school items such as school and art supplies under $100, clothing under $100, and computers under $1,500.
Texas: August 17-19, 2012 – the tax exempt weekend covers purchases of clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks under $100.
Vi rginia: August 3-5, 2012 – you will not pay sales tax on clothing and shoes under $100 and school supplies under $20.
Check out all the tax exempt weekends for all the states throughout the year here at FDA.
Reference: Business Insider, New York Times, Patch, Boston.com, FDA
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