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Sales Tax Holidays

Get It For Less: Sales Tax-Free Shopping in Your State

Some of you are lucky enough to enjoy sales tax-free lives on a daily basis, but for many of us sales tax can add a significant amount to purchases. Several states have smartly introduced designated days for shopping sales tax-free (sales tax holidays) before the end of 2008, encouraging their residents to get out and shop already.

Some states' holidays coincide with the back-to-school buying bonanza, others are holding out for holiday shopping season, in the spirit of giving, of course, and some are trying to get residents excited about energy efficient products.

Some of the sales tax holidays have already come and gone but there are still a few in the pipeline. See which seven states can look forward to some tax-free shopping (a few dates are just around the corner) and which items are included when you


  • Texas: August 15 to 17, no sales tax on clothing and backpacks up to $100 per item.
  • Massachusetts: August 16 to 17, no sales tax on purchases of $2,500 or less.
  • Connecticut: August 17 to 23, no sales tax on clothing and footwear up to $300 per item.
  • West Virginia: September 1 to 7, no sales tax on energy efficient products up to $2,500.
  • Georgia: October 2 to 5, no sales tax on energy and water efficient products up to $1,500.
  • Virginia: October 10 to 13, energy efficient products up to $2,500.
  • Washington, D.C.: November 21 to December 7, no sales tax on clothing up to $100 per item.


lovely2190 lovely2190 9 years
i live in MA and it is currently the no tax holiday!!! YAY!!! I went and i got a laptop for school!
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
I try to get most everything online to avoid Cali's outrageous taxes. Vitamins, protein powder, as well as clothes and shoes, and you bet I search for free shipping, coupon's all worth it. If I have to pay taxes, I wait for good sales, like around the holidays (Labor Day coming up!) Saves me gas too. I will cry if they start taxing everything online!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I remember tax-free weekends right before schoool starts in ny. it was always a huge shopping time. living in nj now though, every day is sales tax free :)
margokhal margokhal 9 years
I'm in Texas, but we never shop during Tax-Free Weekend. It's like trying to shop on Black Friday! Actually, all of the good sales (BOGO on clothing - especially jeans!, buy $X worth of stuff and get something free, closeout 40-60% off) are on BEFORE the tax-free. And you get a better selection in sizes and styles, and you don't have to worry about long lines! On the tax-free weekend we only save $8.25 for every $100 you spend. Unless you buy a lot of things that are close to $100, it's not worth it.
jessie jessie 9 years
no tax here in oregon where i live...yea!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
Man, nothing in the Southwest at all! I can't wait to finish school and move up to Oregon! :D
javsmav javsmav 9 years
*last weekend.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
This is a really intriguing concept. I used to live in Oregon (I live in California now) and not having sales tax was a wonder.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
DC had one ast weekend. I bought new running shoes and some tops. I miss back to school shopping!
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 9 years
I'm in California and have to pay taxed on everything everyday. GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jen1975 jen1975 9 years
My city/county never participates in our state because they don't get reimbursed for lost revenues. It's annoying until you consider the services you'd have to lose. I'd rather have a library than no taxes on a skirt.
akrsouth akrsouth 9 years
MN has no tax on clothing!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
they used to have a tax-free week in Florida right before hurricane season but that stopped recently - and it was only good on things that you would need for the storms. in NYC they would have it around back to school as well i think - and it's really good business as far as im concerned. i think that i would be apt to buy more things
seven7 seven7 9 years
As far as I know Florida is not having a tax free back to school week this year because the state budget is too tight, but some retailers have been honoring it in one way or another anyway. (They the tax % off, but it's not a state thing)
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I live in Oregon and we do not have sales tax, it never passes on the ballot. When I shop in Seattle you can show your Oregon drivers license and not have to pay sales tax there either.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I'm jealous and will not discuss the sales tax here.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
darn ny lol
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Ours was last week (FL) and lucky me I went to South Carolina 2 weeks ago to visit my friends and it happen to be tax-free week for them so I went shopping like crazy over there too. :D
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 9 years
haha yeah living in vegas; i know that tourists pay my taxes; but i visited my cousin in north carolina and she was all excited for tax free shopping...i didnt get it. lol
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