Which States Have Tax-Free Shopping in August 2018?

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If you’re like most consumers, you won’t turn down an opportunity to get something for free. If you haven’t heard yet, you’ll be happy to learn that some states are offering tax-free shopping. Which states have tax-free shopping in August 2018? Here’s a list for your shopping pleasure.

Arkansas

  • Tax-free shopping dates: Aug. 4-5

Details: Qualifying purchases include clothing and footwear less than $100. Clothing accessories and equipment must be less than $50 per item. There is no limit on the price of school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials.


Connecticut

  • Tax-free shopping dates: Aug. 19-25

Details: You’ll be required to pay tax on clothing and footwear that costs more than $100. In addition, you’re out of luck if you plan to buy special clothing used for athletic activity or protective use. Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and similar items are also subject to tax.


Florida

  • Tax-free shopping dates: Aug. 3-5

Details: You won’t have pay tax on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.


Iowa

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-4

Details: Shoppers won’t have to pay taxes on clothing and footwear that cost less than $100.


Maryland

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 12-18

Details: Taxes will be waived for qualifying apparel and footwear that costs $100 or less. In addition, the first $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase is also exempt from taxes. Maryland also has a tax-free weekend every February when state sales tax doesn’t apply to the sale of any Energy Star Product or solar water heater.


Massachusetts

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 11-12

 Details: It’s been almost three years since shoppers in Massachusetts have enjoyed a tax-free weekend, so this one is special. Know that you’ll still have to pay the 6.25% tax for meals, motor vehicles, motorboats, and tobacco products. You also won’t get a break on utility payments. Furthermore, any single item that costs more than $2,500 is still subject to sales tax.


Missouri

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-5

Details: Qualifying items include clothing, school supplies, and personal computers. You can enjoy tax-free shopping on clothing that costs $100 or less. School supplies must not cost more than $50 per item, and personal computers must not be more than $1,500.


New Mexico

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-5

Details: Clothing or shoes must be less than $100 per item. The price cap for desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers is $1,000. The price limit for computer hardware it is $500. School supplies must be less than $30 per item.


Ohio

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-5

Details: Clothing items must be $75 or less. School supplies must cost $20 or less. Items for school instruction must be $20 or less.


Oklahoma

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-5

Details: Retailers are required to participate in Oklahoma’s tax holiday. Most footwear and clothing that costs less than $100 during the tax holiday are exempt from state and local sales or use tax.


South Carolina

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-5

Details: There is no price limit to take advantage of the tax-free holiday when it comes to purchases of clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and computers. However, you’ll still have to pay the 6% sales tax on jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, and layaway purchases.


Texas

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 10-12

Details: Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks that cost less than $100 can be purchased tax free from a Texas retailer. You can also make tax-free purchases on qualifying items from an online store or catalog seller doing business in Texas.


Virginia

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 3-5

Details: School supplies must be $20 or less per item and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less per item. Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products must cost $2,500 or less per item and must be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.


Wisconsin

  • Tax-free shopping dates: August 1-5

Details: Each clothing item must be $75 or less. Personal computers must be $750 or less. Personal school computer supplies must be $250 or less per item. School supplies must be $75 or less per item.

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