Summer Tax Holidays: States, Dates and Products

Olivia Clifford  |

As the summer is coming to a close and the back to school mentality is ramping up, many American’s are going back to the stores to stock up on school supplies. Within the United States there are around 45 states, including Washington D.C. and Guam, that impose sales taxes or leases on many of the goods sold within the their state lines. The five states who choose not to ever impose state sales taxes are Oregon, Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire and Montana. But come the end of every July or beginning of August a little less then half, around 16, states take a sales tax holiday on items that are deemed “back to school supplies”.  

Changing from state to state, there are going to be no sales taxes on school supplies, clothing, energy efficient appliances, hurricane preparedness, computers and electronics. There is much discussion as to the benefits to states taxing annual tax holidays. Most feel that its great for local economies by boosting revenue and getting people into stores. Then there are others that argue the opposite saying that taking a tax holiday deprives the state of much needed revenue from the taxes. The benefits and downfalls are dependent on the state and help organize the timing and duration of each tax holiday. Below is a chart of the 16 states that are participating in the summer tax holiday and the dates that the holidays are occurring. 





Tax Exempt Products


Friday, August 2nd –Sunday August 4th

School supplies, computers, clothing


Saturday August 3rd – Sunday August 4th

School supplies, school instructional materials, clothing


Sunday, August 18th – Saturday, August 24th

Clothing and footwear costing less than $300


Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th

School supplies, clothing, footwear, computers and accessories


Friday, August 9th – Saturday August 10th

School supplies, clothing, footwear, computers


Friday, August 2nd – Saturday, August 3rd

Clothing, footwear



Friday, August 2nd – Saturday, August 3rd

Noncommercial purchases, tangible personal property, hurricane preparedness


Sunday, August 11th – Saturday, August 17th

Apparel and footwear under $100


Friday, July 26th – Saturday, July 27th

Apparel and footwear under $100


Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th

School supplies, clothing, computer software, computers

North Carolina

Friday, August 2nd  - Sunday, August 4th

School supplies, clothing, footwear, sports and recreation gear, computers and accessories


Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th

Clothing, footwear

South Carolina

Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th

Clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers


Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th

School and art supplies, clothing, computers


Friday, August 9th – Sunday, August 11th

School supplies, clothing, footwear, backpacks


Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th

School supplies, clothing, footwear


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