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Sales Tax Holidays, 2010

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This year, many states throughout the nation will offer a sales tax holiday, a period of time during which merchants will not charge customers sales tax. For a few days each year, you can buy certain items without paying the state sales tax. This is a great way to find the purchases you would buy anyway for a discount.

Each state that offers a sales tax holiday sets its own qualifying dates and products. Qualifying products vary by state, but most who have a tax holiday offer school supplies as qualifying purchases. Others include Energy Star products, computers, weather preparedness items, and in one case, hunting equipment.

Here’s a list of each state’s sales tax holiday this year.

State 2010 Dates Items Max Cost
Alabama Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
Computers $750
School supplies $50
Books $30
Connecticut Aug 15-21 Clothing and footwear $300
Florida Aug 13-15 Clothing and books $50
School supplies $10
Illinois * Aug 6-15 School supplies n/a
Clothing and footwear $100
Iowa Aug 6-7 Clothing $100
Louisiana Aug 6-7 Tangible personal property $2,500
Louisiana May 29-30 Hurricane preparedness items $1,500
Louisiana Sep 3-5 Firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies n/a
Mississippi Jul 30-31 Clothing and footwear $100
Missouri Apr 19-25 Energy Star products $1,500
Missouri Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
Computers $3,500
School supplies $50
New Mexico Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
Computers $1,000
School supplies $15
North Carolina Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
School supplies $100
Instructional material $300
Computers $3,500
Other computer equipment $250
Sports equipment $50
North Carolina Nov 5-7 Energy Star products n/a
Oklahoma Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
South Carolina Aug 6-8 Clothing, school supplies, computers, other n/a
Tennessee Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
School supplies $100
Computers $1,500
Texas Aug 20-22 Clothing, backpacks and school supplies $100
Texas May 29-31 Air conditioners $6,000
Other Energy Star products $2,000
Vermont Mar 6 Personal purchase $2,000
Virginia May 25-31 Hurricane preparedness items $60
Generators $1,000
Virginia Aug 6-8 Clothing $100
School supplies $20
Virginia Oct 8-11 Energy Star products $2,500
West Virginia Sep 1 – Nov 30 Energy Star products $5,000

* Note: As of June 21, 2010, the bill that would create the Illinois sales tax holiday has not been signed into law. If it is, sales tax in this state during the holiday would be reduced from 6.25% to 1.25%.

We’ll update this list as we become aware of official changes.

Updated August 8, 2011 and originally published June 18, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Tom Dziubek

Hey Flexo, any idea if this will work for online purchases made in a particular vendor’s home state? I can see that with our nearby states of NJ, NY and PA out of the equation we’ll essentially be left out of this one, otherwise.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,435 (Platinum)

Since we’re in NJ, we only pay sales tax online when the retailer has a storefront presence in NJ. If we had a tax holiday, even retailers with a storefront policy *should* offer tax free sales. But we don’t. Some states currently require all retailers to pay sales tax regardless of whether there’s a storefront presence.

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avatar David C

… but I’m sure you’re paying your NJ Use Tax on your “tax free” purchases, right ;-).

Since TX doesn’t have an income tax, I have to submit a separate paper form for the TX Use Tax. It feels like I’m probably only 1 of 5 people in the entire state that pays it, though.

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avatar Mrs. Accountability

I’m in Arizona, we don’t have sales tax holidays here. I would sure plan to take advantage of something like this if we did! I have included your post in my weekly roundup with hopes that folks who live in other states will find the information useful.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,435 (Platinum)
avatar Eric

My state never has these…damn.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,435 (Platinum)

Sorry about that. Talk to your state congressmen if it’s an important issue to you. :-)

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avatar Financial Samurai

Where’s California? I mean, 10% sales tax is kinda brutal, which is why I don’t buy anything! Whooo hooo!

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avatar Money Funk

Ya, where is California? Drats! We’re always left out of the good stuff!

Hey FS, would be nice for that watch you wanted to buy! Could you write it off as a deductible work related expense, too? ;)

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avatar lynn ♦155 (Cent)

You have medical ‘organic plants’ available to you! LOL

No surprise NY is not on the list.

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avatar saviior

Where is Illinois? The IL General Assembly will be offering a sales tax holiday on school suplies from August 6-15, 2010. There will be no state sales tax on clothing, shoes, most school supplies; like some other states, only local sales tax (1.25% in most IL) still apply. MAssachussetts may have state sales tax holiday in August, depending how much federal stimulus funding they get. Keep your list growing.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,435 (Platinum)

The bill that would create the 2010 sales tax holiday in Illinois has not yet been signed into law by the governor. Until it is signed into law, the holiday is speculation. Regardless, I’ve added it to the list for now. If any additional, official sales tax holidays are announced, I will add them to the list.

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avatar tigernicole86 ♦55 (Newbie)

I wish Ohio had these tax holidays. They do the tax anywhere from 6.5% to 8%.

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avatar lynn ♦155 (Cent)

We live in a low cost area. Our total tax is 8%. NY always follows CA in all of the bad choices, so I imagine we’re not too far behind the 10% rate. (Other areas are higher.)

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