Consumers can’t argue against a tax holiday when the American economy is struggling left and right.

As summer comes to an end, many states are holding tax holidays when shoppers are exempt from paying sales tax on specific items. These shopping holidays can serve the purpose of spurring a stagnant economy (through forfeiture of tax revenue) and putting more money in consumers’ pockets amid a tough jobs environment.

The two most popular categories that are tax-free are clothing and school supplies – ideally for parents looking to save some money for the essential things that kids need for the upcoming school year.

In certain states, the tax exemption is even extended to computers, which tend to be the most expensive back-to-school necessities.

Here’s the list of the states (in alphabetical order) with sales tax holidays and the sales tax-exempt items:

Alabama – August 5-7: Clothing ($100 or less); computers, software, and school computer supplies ($750 or less); school supplies and art supplies ($50 or less); and books ($30 or less).

Arkansas – August 6-7: Clothing and footwear (less than $100); clothing accessories (less than $50); and school supplies and art supplies (all).

Connecticut – August 21-27: Clothing and footwear (less than $300).

Florida – August 12-14: Clothing, footwear, and accessories ($75 or less); and school supplies ($15 or less).

Iowa – August 5-6: Clothing and footwear (less than $100).

Louisiana – August 5-6: Most consumer purchases of tangible personal property (less than $2,500).

Maryland – August 14-20: Clothing and footwear ($100 or less).

Massachusetts – August 13-14: Most items (less than $2,500).

Missouri – August 5-7: Clothing ($100 or less); school supplies ($50 or less); computer software ($350 or less); computers and peripheral devices ($3,500 or less).

New Mexico – August 5-7: Clothing and footwear (less than $100); desktop, laptop, and notebook computers (less than $1,000); computer hardware (less than $500); and school supplies (less than $15).

North Carolina – August 5-7: Clothing and footwear ($100 or less); school supplies ($100 or less); sport and recreation equipment ($50 or less); computers ($3,500 or less); computer supplies ($250 or less); reference books, textbooks, and workbooks ($300 or less).

Oklahoma – August 5-7: Clothing and footwear (less than $100).

South Carolina – August 5-7: Clothing, footwear, school supplies, books, book bags, lunchboxes, computers, printers, software and bed and bath products (all).

Tennessee – August 5-7: Clothing and footwear ($100 or less); school supplies ($100 or less); and computers ($1,500 or less).

Texas – August 19-21: Clothing and footwear (less than $100); school supplies and back packs (less than $100).

Virginia – August 5-7: Clothing and footwear ($100 or less); and school supplies ($20 or less).

If you are not sure whether an item is exempt from sales tax, it is best to contact the retailer directly.

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  • Teemick2005

    It figures Pennsylvania does not offer this tax free service, well look at our pothole/nasty roads and crooked politicians, I think I will move out of PA “LAND OF TAXES” .PA Suks