Sales Tax Holidays, 2010

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Last updated on August 8, 2011 Views: 547 Comments: 14

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.

State2010 DatesItemsMax Cost
AlabamaAug 6-8Clothing$100
School supplies$50
ConnecticutAug 15-21Clothing and footwear$300
FloridaAug 13-15Clothing and books$50
School supplies$10
Illinois *Aug 6-15School suppliesn/a
Clothing and footwear$100
IowaAug 6-7Clothing$100
LouisianaAug 6-7Tangible personal property$2,500
LouisianaMay 29-30Hurricane preparedness items$1,500
LouisianaSep 3-5Firearms, ammunition, hunting suppliesn/a
MississippiJul 30-31Clothing and footwear$100
MissouriApr 19-25Energy Star products$1,500
MissouriAug 6-8Clothing$100
School supplies$50
New MexicoAug 6-8Clothing$100
School supplies$15
North CarolinaAug 6-8Clothing$100
School supplies$100
Instructional material$300
Other computer equipment$250
Sports equipment$50
North CarolinaNov 5-7Energy Star productsn/a
OklahomaAug 6-8Clothing$100
South CarolinaAug 6-8Clothing, school supplies, computers, othern/a
TennesseeAug 6-8Clothing$100
School supplies$100
TexasAug 20-22Clothing, backpacks and school supplies$100
TexasMay 29-31Air conditioners$6,000
Other Energy Star products$2,000
VermontMar 6Personal purchase$2,000
VirginiaMay 25-31Hurricane preparedness items$60
VirginiaAug 6-8Clothing$100
School supplies$20
VirginiaOct 8-11Energy Star products$2,500
West VirginiaSep 1 – Nov 30Energy 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.

Article comments

lynn says:

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.)

tigernicole86 says:

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

Anonymous says:

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.

Luke Landes says:

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.

Anonymous says:

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

Anonymous says:

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? 😉

lynn says:

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

No surprise NY is not on the list.

Anonymous says:

My state never has these…damn.

Luke Landes says:

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

Anonymous says:

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.

Luke Landes says:


Anonymous says:

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.

Luke Landes says:

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.

Anonymous says:

… 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.