Tax-Free Weekend 2013: List Of States With No Sales Tax And Everything You Need To Know About The Holiday

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July 19, 2013 12:59 AM EST

Have some back-to-school shopping to do? You might just be able to save a few bucks again this year thanks to with the upcoming state sales tax holiday. In most states, August 2 until August 4 marks tax-free weekend where thousands of items will be tax exempt.

Of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that impose sales taxes ranging from 2 to nearly 12 percent on many goods, nearly half will omit the sales tax on purchases within that state. The five states without sales taxes – Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon – will, of course, continue their no sales tax policies.

According to state tax department websites, purchases for items like back-to-school supplies, clothing, shoes and computers will not have sales taxes during final check out. However, each state has their own tax policies so be sure to visit the state’s Department of Revenue website for your state to see which items qualify.

This year, though, many states are including everyday items as well as back-to-school items for tax exemption during the state holidays, which typically happens in late summer at the end of July or early August. In the past, many territories have also included energy efficient appliances and items for hurricane preparedness as part of the tax exempt period.

There are no coupons or rebates required to participate in the tax exempt states; Sales Tax will be automatically deducted on eligible items in any of the 17 states participating during checkout. For those who live in states that do not offer tax exemptions over the weekend, anyone can simply travel to states that do offer tax-free deals can get exemptions and shop there.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that shoppers in Georgia alone can save up to $10 million collectively without the 6 to 8 percent sales tax on items during the weekend.

The exemption period is generally held during the first two weekends in August in most states to attract back-to-school shopping before September. Some states include Friday as part of the weekend while others extend an entire week.

Below is a list of states offering the tax-free holiday as well as dates, a run-down of the rules and restrictions for the tax exemptions. Be sure to check your state’s Department of Revenue to review qualifying purchases and the time (generally beginning at 12:01 a.m.) the exemption period begins. 


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