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Its coming soon folks!  Tax Free Holidays for Back to School Shopping!  I decided to put all of the dates of the states participating along with the specifics of the deals in one place to help you guys out :)  The price in parentheses is the maximum amount you can spend per item without paying tax.

Remember, the tax savings is fun but most stores will also have big sales to go along with this!

Alabama: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing ($100 or less)
Computers, Computer Software & School Computer Supplies ($750 or less)
School Supplies, including art and instructional material ($50 or less)
Books ($30 or less)

Arkansas: August 6-7, 2011
Clothing (items under $100)
School Supplies

Connecticut: August 21-27, 2011
Clothing (under $300)
Shoes (under $300)

Florida: August 12-14, 2011
Books ($75 or less)
Clothing ($75 or less)
Shoes ($75 or less)
School supplies ($15 or less)

Illinois: August 6-15, 2011

Iowa: August 5-6, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)

Louisiana: August 5-6, 2011
All purchases under $2,500 (excludes taxable services, vehicles and meals)

Maryland: August 14-20, 2011
Clothing ($100 or less)
Shoes/Footwear ($100 or less)

Mississippi: July 29-30, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)

Missouri: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
School Supplies (under $100)
Computers & Computer Equipment (under $3,500)
Computer Software (under $350)

New Mexico: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)
Computers (under $1000)
Computer Equipment (under $500)
School Supplies (under $15)

North Carolina: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)
School Supplies (under $100)
Recreational and Sports Equipment (under $50)
Computer Equipment (under $250)
Computers (under $3,500)

Oklahoma: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)

South Carolina: August 5-7, 2011
School Supplies
Computers & Printers
Computer Software

Tennessee: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
School Supplies (under $100)
Art Supplies (under $100)
Computers (under $1,500)

Texas: August 19-21, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)
School Supplies (under $100)
Backpacks (under $100, only available for elementary and secondary students)
*Texas tax-free holiday also applies to layaway items, just in case you need to come back for it

Virginia: August 5-7, 2011
Clothing (under $100)
Shoes (under $100)
School Supplies (under $20)

For the official list, head to the FTA webpage.

    • Tammy

      For kids back to school shopping, you could also try the new site “FlipSize” (flipsize.com).  You can swap your last years clothes into this years clothes.  ;-)  Just another thought!

    • Stefanie

      I am from Arkansas and this is the first year we are having a tax free hoilday, I am new on what the rules on posting but here is the link to what Arkansas includes and doesn’t.

    • carolyn

      I am so sad Georgia is not on the list.

      • Abc

        Come on over to SC!

    • Mjblue

      Why Georgia no longer doing this?

      • Katie

        read the above comment from Chris

    • Jewels31093

      So is Ga not going to participate this yr ?

      • John

        Come on….read the above posts and you will find your answer.

    • peanutsmommy

      Typical that GA has stopped doing this, they made such a hype about how much money the state loses when they do the tax free days last year, so no surprise that its not happening this yr.. hello trip to alabama?.

      • flower_mom

        We welcome you to come to AL!  We'd love to have ya!

    • I'm in TN with 5 kids. Can I break up my purchases to get $100 per kid in clothing?

      • Lara Sue

        It's $100 per item in TN

        • That's great! Thanks, Lara Sue!

    • Jan Taunton

      n 2010, the Georgia sales tax holiday was suspended due to economic difficulties. The three bills pertaining to the holiday failed to pass legislation, thus ending the program. Contact your state legislators!!!

      • Nichole_michele

        In Georgia, a whole lot of stores wil have a so called ” better than tax free!” sale with 10% or more off your entire purchase of select items. Be on the lookout around this time of yeqar!

    • Wwkkss07

      Does SC not have limits or have they just not announced what the price limits are yet?

      • teapea

        SC has never had limits. I'm hoping it never changes!!

    • flower_mom

      Great list, Jenny!  Thanks for the hard work!!

    • Kcreviews

      Saving 8% on items is not a great deal unless the sales are indeed great.

      • Elisarose

        To me, it's the principal of the thing.  We get taxed so much for everything, that if I can make a purchase or two without having to give even more of my hard-earned/saved money to the government (who can't seem to manage it very well) then I'm all for it.

    • Traci0322

      I'm in GA, so I guess we will make the 30 min drive to SC.  If we do all of our our shopping on that one weekend, as we have in the past, combined with the sales that stores have we usually save $200-$250 dollars.  Well worth the drive…

    • Mpjc9803

      I have lived in MA my entire life I never even realized you pay tax on your clothing in other states!!!! We have no clothing tax or food..so why is it we are called Taxachussetts..lol

    • Suthingal

      Arkansas doesn't state particular items that are sales exempt.  Does this mean all purchases?

      • Stefanie

        No it is not on all in Arkansas. It is clothing less than $100, All school supply, school art supply and a few others. Check out the website about and click on the Arkansas and it will lead you to what is included

    • Cindy


      • Cindy, Georgia cancelled the Tax Free weekend we used to have.  The last year was 2009, and considering the current budget deficit of $2 Billion plus, it's doubtful it will be brought back anytime soon.

      • Abc

        Come on over to SC!

      • Chris

        Georgia failed to pass the legislation in 2010 after enjoying 8 years of a tax-free holiday.  In 2011 there was an intense lobbying effort to bring the tax-free holiday back however legislators who supported it found they did not have enough votes to pass the measure for 2011.  SO, for 2011 there will be NO tax holiday in Georgia.

        If you live near the border of a state offering it I say cross the line and shop there – maybe that will send some sort of message.  Or contact your legislators and let them know they need to come up with a way to reinstate it for next year.

        • Bet5hel

          I wished I was back in New Orleans. But I will be going to SC right next door. Thanks Jenny.

    • TabithaIlges

      Is the limit $100 per item or total transaction.  I have 3 school kids.

      • Claire

        I believe it's transaction total but there isn't anything stopping multiple transactions!

        • Claire

          That's how Alabama has been in the past, anyways. Might go by state.

        • Beautymaker06

          Its PER ITEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Timetosavetogether

      Awesome, thanks.

    • gardengirl

      Thanks Jenny!  My to do list today was to find out when our state was having the tax free weekend.  Once again, you have saved me time and money!!!

    • Tammylins

      Thanks for including the States.  I am not surprised that CA isn't on there.  :)

    • gardengirl

      Anyone planning on shopping in AL might want to go the the website Jenny has above to check to see if your county is participating.  I just checked mine and it is limited to unincorporated areas (which is basically just farm land) but the county next to mine is participating.

      • Beautymaker06

        I know that most counties in AL you will have to pay 1% but hey thats alot better than 9-15%. I khat St. Clair an Calhoun as well as several others around is doing it. I know that the outlet mall in Leeds is doing it,

    • Newnan_homemaker

      If you get any info on Georgia please let us know.

      • Beautymaker06

        I know Georgia dont do it anymore.

    • Stephens4

      They forget about us people that have kids in year round school. My kids start back on August 1st before NC has our tax free weekend.

    • Phatpatswife

      It's so weird they do this for florida on august 12-14 but my daughter starts school on the 10th and registration is the 5th (which is when we bring the supplies on the list to her teachers class). Guess what I haven't already bought at all the good cvs and staples deals will be going in later.

      • Well, that could be a good thing if your child is in middle or high school like mine, they don't get their list until after school starts and then they get one from each teacher, I just try to buy what was required the year before and pick up what I miss afterwards because here in AL our tax free weekend is 5-7 and school starts that next week

    • Mcburkhalter78

      What happened to the state of Georgia are we not that priviledged?

      • VJC

        Because of former Governor Perdue and the present Governor Deal.

    • kristen

      Just moved from NC to GA… I think the state of NC was worse off financially than GA, but who knows!! I guess they make cuts in different places… boo!

    • Cndyrelly

      I am in TN and in my state Diapers are considered tax free.  Just a FYI most people don't think about.

    • Alison V.

      if you want a comprehensive list of what is included, just google your state and “2011 tax free holiday”.

    • heather

      No worries here in DE…..we never pay sales tax :)

      • VJC

        Lucky you! With Georgia new Governor, we don't have Tax-free day anymore.

        • Shintalmo

          We didn't have a tax-free day last year either ~ it's not just the new governor!

          • Vjcpurple

            Pending approval by the Governor Perdue in 2009, there will be no tax free dayGovernor Deal and legislators have not passed the bills necessary to reinstate the sales tax holiday.

            • Judithlk1959

              Teachers cannot afford to keep taking hits while everyone else gets breaks. Furloughs abound, very little funds for materials, and health insurance up. In my county, they don't even pay in social security for us. Its retirement and that's it.

    • Bug2mo

      Thank you for all that you do to help all of us save money. I don't think you will ever know how much you are appreciated by all of us!!

    • I realize many of us Georgians are frustrated at not having tax free weekend here. I have the attitude that if they give it back to us they'll just raise taxes somewhere else to get the money anyway… Georgia is broke! I do agree that the stores still run awesome back to school sales to make up for it tho! I'm not mad ;)

    • Pamalaaustin

      Does GA not have anymore?

    • Sirhc

      If a mouse is running and the cat is not, only one will end up with the dog as a friend.

    • I'm glad my state includes printers because mine died a few days ago.

    • Oh, this is so cool, I am going to Biloxi, Miss next weekend for my birthday so any clothes I buy will be tax free, then I come home to AL and the next weekend is tax free here, yeah, so I get 2 weekends, woo hoo :-)

    • Can't wait to shop!

      I paid 32.67dollars for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch
      Toshiba laptop for 94.83dollars being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX.
      I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch
      HDTV to my boss for 650 dollars and it only cost me 52.78 dollars to get. Here
      is the website we using to get all this stuff, Bids Fresh . com

    • Missy

      Thank you so much for posting Illinois too!!!

    • mel

      FYI:  Books are NOT included in this tax-free holiday in Florida, as stated above.


      HTH!  :D

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    • Gloria Umana

      What about Georgia Tax free weekend?

    • Fosterswife

      when is Georgia's tax free holiday? please post if possible =)

      • Chris

        Please see my previous post.  As of 2009 GA no longer has the Tax Free holiday at all.  The legislation failed to pass last year and they didn't even vote on it this year because the sponsors knew they did not have enough votes.

        Please contact your GA state legislators and let them know they need to bring this back.  In the meantime I suggest crossing the boarders to other states that offer it (if you live close enough to do so) and maybe that will send a message.

    • Jmosenthin

      Since there are no specifications under Illinois does that mean I can buy a computer tax free?

    • Laneyg02

      ga's was thurs  – today

    • Bky80boo

      Illinois is not have a tax holiday! http://www.prnewswire.com/news