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Sales tax-free holidays: What’s on sale in your state?
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For residents in some states, this weekend is the perfect time to shop for going back to school.
According to the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), four states have school-related sales tax holidays this weekend, including Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Another 10 states have school or clothing-related tax holidays that start next weekend, including Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
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Other states have similar tax holidays that will happen later in the summer, or that have already happened this year, according to the FTA.
However, school and clothing purchases aren’t the only sales tax holidays that states offer.
Read on to see the details on school-related sales tax holidays, or to find out what other sales tax holidays are available in your state.
Mississippi’s sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear and school supplies that cost less than $100 per item started on Friday and will end on Saturday night.
The state also has a "Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday" from Aug. 27-30 on firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies.
Florida’s school-related tax holiday runs from Saturday through Aug. 9 and includes school supplies that cost $15 or less.
The Sunshine State’s 10-day tax holiday also includes clothing, footwear and accessories that cost $60 or less as well as the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and accessories, according to the state’s website.
Florida also has two other sales tax holidays, though both have already happened this year. The state’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday ran from May 28 through June 6, while its Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday — for tickets to live music, sporting events and other performances — ran July 1-7.
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Tennessee’s school-related tax holiday started Friday and will run through Sunday. On those days, people can buy apparel that costs $100 or less per item, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item, and personal computers or laptops that cost $1,500 or less.
Meanwhile, the Volunteer State is also offering a sales tax holiday on food, food ingredients and prepared food from Friday through Aug. 5 and a sales tax holiday on gun safes and safety devices, which started on July 1 and will run through next year until June 30, 2022.
West Virginia’s sales tax holiday also started on Friday and will run through Monday. Items included in the sales tax holiday include clothing that costs $125, school supplies that cost $50, sports equipment that costs $150 or less and laptops and tablets that cost $500 or less.
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From Aug. 7-8, Arkansas is giving residents a sales tax holiday on clothing that costs less than $100 per item, clothing accessories that cost less than $50 per item, certain electronic devices, certain school supplies, school art supplies and school instruction material, according to the website.
Iowa offers residents an annual sales tax holiday on select clothing and footwear that costs less than $100 per item from Aug. 6-7, according to the state’s website.