Tax Free Shopping by State & Sales by Dollar ’13

Tax Free Shopping by State & Sales by Dollar

Tax Free Holidays by State: Below is the most up-to-date listing of tax free holidays by state.
STATES OFFERING A BACK-TO-SCHOOL TAX HOLIDAY IN JULY/AUGUST 2013
STATE DATES MORE INFORMATION
Alabama August 2-4 http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/SalesTaxHol.cfm

Arkansas August 3-4 http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/

Connecticut August 18-24 http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?Q=463054&A=1436

Florida August 2-4 http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/

Georgia August 9-10 https://etax.dor.ga.gov/

Iowa August 2-3 http://www.iowaccess.org/tax/

Louisiana August 2-3 http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/general/hottopics/salestaxholiday.aspx

Maryland August 11-17 http://www.marylandtaxes.com/

Mississippi July 26-27 http://www.dor.ms.gov/

Missouri August 2-4 http://dor.mo.gov/

New Mexico August 2-4 http://www.tax.newmexico.gov

North Carolina August 2-4 http://www.dornc.com/

Oklahoma August 2-4 http://www.tax.ok.gov/

South Carolina August 2-4 http://www.sctax.org/

Tennessee August 2-4 http://tn.gov/revenue/

Texas August 9-11 http://www.window.state.tx.us/

Virginia August 2-4 http://www.tax.virginia.gov/

Source: Federation of Tax Administrators
HERE ARE THE SPECIFIC ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE TAX-FREE HOLIDAY FROM THE DOR WEBSITE
1. Clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per item including:
Aprons, household and shop
Athletic supporters
Baby receiving blankets
Bandannas
Bathing suits and caps; beach capes and coats
Belts and suspenders
Boots; overshoes
Coats, jackets, capes, and wraps
Costumes (does not include costume masks sold separately)
Diapers (children and adults, including disposables)
Earmuffs; gloves and mittens for general use; hats and caps; hosiery; scarve
Formalwear (does not include rentals)
Garters and garter belts; girdles; leotards and tights; panty hose; socks; stockings and footlets; underwear
Insoles for shoes
Jogging suits
Lab coats
Neckties
Rainwear
Rubber pants
Sandals; shoes and shoelaces; slippers;sneakers; steel-toed shoes
Uniforms (athletic and nonathletic uniforms when purchased for nonbusiness use)
Wedding apparel (does not include rental
2. Sport or recreational equipment with a sales price of $50 or less per item including:
Ballet and tap shoes
Cleated or spiked athletic shoes
Goggles
Hand and elbow guards
Helmets (bicycle, skating, baseball, and other sports)
Life preservers and vests
Mouth guards
Gloves (baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, golf, and other sports)
Roller and ice skates
Shin guards
Shoulder pads
Ski boots
Waders, wetsuits, and fins
3. Computers, including tablet computers and netbooks, with a sales price of $3,500 or less per item.
According to the DOR website, “the separate sale of a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or speakers is subject to the applicable tax when the item is not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit. Peripherals are not considered part of a computer and are subject to the applicable tax notwithstanding that they may be sold with the computer as a package. Peripherals must be separately stated on the invoice and the appropriate tax charged on those items.”
4. Computer supplies with a sales price of $250 or less per item including:
Computer storage media, including diskettes and compact disks
Handheld electronic schedulers, except devices that are cellular phones
Personal digital assistants, except devices that are cellular phones
Computer printers
Printer supplies for computers, including printer paper and printer ink
5. School supplies with a sales price of $100 or less per item including:
Binders
Blackboard chalk
Book bags
Calculators
Cellophane tape
Clay and glazes
Compasses
Composition books
Crayons
Erasers
Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila)
Glue, paste, and paste sticks
Highlighters
Index card boxes
Index cards
Legal pads
Lunch boxes
Markers
Notebooks
Paintbrushes for artwork
Paints (acrylic, tempora, and oil)
Paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper)
Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
Pencil sharpeners
Pencils (includes pencil leads)
Pens (includes pen refills)
Protractors
Rulers
Scissors
Sketch and drawing pads
Watercolors
Writing tablet
6. School instructional materials with a sales price of $300 or less per item including:
Reference books
Reference maps and globes
Textbooks
Workbooks
Items that DO NOT qualify for the tax-free status include:
Sales of clothing accessories or equipmentSales of protective equipmentSales of furnitureSales of an item for use in a trade or businessRentals
Order online to avoid the crowds and you will still get the tax-free discount. The tax may be charged initially, but the retailer should deduct it when processing the order.
When it comes to coupons and rebates, here is the official word on how these are handled from the DOR:
Coupons: “Discounts from retailers’ coupons are deducted from the price of an item before determining if the item is eligible for the sales tax exemption. Example: a customer buys a dress priced at $105 and uses a retailer’s coupon for a 10 percent discount. The discounted sales price of the dress is $94.50 ($105.00 – $10.50 = $94.50) and the dress is exempt from sales tax if purchased during the holiday. Manufacturers’ coupons are treated just the opposite way and are not deducted from the sales price before determining an item’s eligibility for the sales tax exemption.
Diapers are included this week end too-Yes!
Rebates: Rebates do not affect the sales price of an item for the sales tax holiday. Example: a computer priced at $4,000 with a $600 rebate is not exempt from sales taxes. The amount of the rebate is not deducted from the sales price of the computer before determining if the computer is eligible for the sales tax exemption.”

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