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State-by-state tax-free shopping guide for back-to-school supplies

By Charles Passy

A number of states have tax-free holidays in the days and weeks ahead, offering consumers a chance to save on clothing, school supplies and more

Looking to save on school supplies and perhaps other necessities? Once again, several states are easing the burden on consumers by offering tax-free shopping in the coming days and weeks for various items.

Here is a state-by-state list of many of the upcoming sales-tax holidays, according to information supplied by the Federation of Tax Administrators and the state websites.

Arkansas, Aug. 6-7: Tax-free (state and local) shopping on certain electronic devices, school supplies (including art supplies), school instructional materials and clothing.

Connecticut, Aug. 21-27: Tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100 apiece.

Florida: Tax-free shopping on qualifying children's books (through Aug. 14) and on clothing, footwear and certain accessories that cost $100 or less per item; certain school supplies costing $50 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories costing $1,500 or less (through Aug. 7).

Illinois, through Aug. 14: Sales tax at a reduced rate on certain clothing and school-related items.

Iowa, through Aug. 6: Tax-free shopping on select clothing and footwear.

Maryland, Aug. 14-20: Tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear on items that cost $100 or less each; no tax on the first $40 of any backpack or book bag purchase.

Massachusetts, Aug. 13-14: Tax-free shopping on retail items up to $2,500 (with some exceptions) purchased for personal use.

Missouri, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on clothing items that cost $100 or less apiece, school supplies (not to exceed $50 per purchase), personal computers (not to exceed $1,500) and computer software ($350 or less), among other items.

New Jersey, Aug. 27-Sept. 5: Tax-free shopping on computers costing less than $3,000, school computer supplies on items costing less than $1,000, school supplies (including art supplies), school instructional materials, and sport or recreational equipment.

New Mexico, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear items costing less than $100 apiece, school-supply items costing less than $30 apiece, computer purchases up to $1,000 and computer hardware up to $500.

Ohio, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on clothing items costing $75 or less apiece and school-supply and school-instructional items costing $20 or less apiece.

Oklahoma, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on clothing and footwear items costing less than $100 apiece.

South Carolina, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on a range of items (with some exceptions). Items include clothing and accessories; footwear; school supplies; computers, software, and printers; and certain bed and bath supplies.

Tennessee, through Aug. 31: Tax-free shopping on food and food ingredients.

Texas, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks, so long as items cost less than $100 apiece.

Virginia, through Aug. 7: Tax-free shopping on qualified clothing and footwear costing $100 or less per item and qualified school supplies costing $20 or less item; also, tax-free shopping (with price caps) on a range of hurricane and emergency-preparedness products and Energy Star and WaterSense products.

West Virginia, through Aug. 8: Tax-free shopping on certain clothing items (costing $125 or less apiece), certain school-supply items ($50 or less apiece), certain school-instruction materials ($20 or less apiece); certain laptop and tablet computers ($500 or less apiece) and certain sports-equipment items ($150 or less apiece).

-Charles Passy

 

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