Tax Holidays for Back-to-School Shopping 2013

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Posted on Wed Jul 24, 2013, Last Updated on Wed Jul 24, 2013

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Tax Holidays for Back to School Shopping 2013

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July is almost over and summer is still very much with us. But, that isn’t stopping retailers from pushing their back-to-school marketing efforts. From TV commercials to weekly circulars, retailers are already hawking everything from clothes to laptops to school supplies for the upcoming school year. It’s probably an indication that American families are likely to see a spike in spending.

According to a recent study by the National Retail Federation, families with school-age children will spend an average $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics during the 2013 back-to-school shopping season. Total back-to-school spending is projected to reach $26.7 billion.

To help alleviate the school expenses, parents in 17 states should buy school supplies during tax holidays, celebrated from late July to late August. During this time, sales tax will not be collected on certain purchases up to a specified amount, if applicable. Most of the applicable items include clothing, school supplies and computers — the types of things that students will need for the new school year.

We’ve listed the types of purchases that are exempt from sales tax for each state that is holding a tax holiday. (Each state is linked to the website of the department of revenue or taxation for the state, where you can find more information for your particular state.)

State Date Covered Items/Limits
Alabama Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • Computers - $750
  • School supplies - $50
  • Books - $30
Arkansas Aug. 3-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • School supplies
Connecticut Aug. 18-24
  • Clothing and footwear- $300
Florida Aug. 2-4
  • School supplies - $15
  • Clothing - $75
  • Computers - $750
Georgia Aug. 9-10
  • School supplies - $20
  • Clothing - $100
  • Computer - $1,000
Iowa Aug. 2-3
  • Clothing -$100
Louisiana Aug. 2-3
  • All tangible personal property -$2,500
Maryland Aug. 11-17
  • Clothing and footwear -$100
Mississippi July 26-27
  • Clothing and footwear -$100
Missouri Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • Computer - $3,500
  • School supplies - $50
New Mexico Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • Computers - $1,000
  • Computer equip. - $500
  • School supplies - $30
North Carolina Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • School supplies - $100
  • Instructional material - $300
  • Computers - $3,500
  • Other comp. - $250
  • Sports equip. - $50
Oklahoma Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing -$100
South Carolina Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing
  • School supplies
  • Computers
  • Other
Tennessee Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • School supplies - $100
  • Computers - $1,500
Texas Aug. 9-11
  • Clothing, backpacks, school supplies -$100
Virginia Aug. 2-4
  • Clothing - $100
  • School supplies - $20

In the U.S., there are five states that do not charge any sales tax at all: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.

 

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