Are you ready for Back-to-School shopping? I know I can’t wait for school to start (I need my sanity back)! Well, Back-to-school generally means back-to-school shopping….. And when I think of shopping, I think of TAX FREE WEEKENDS! My states Tax Free Weekend is coming up!
Wait, What… You don’t know what Tax Free Weekends are… There are actually several different types of Tax Free Weekends offered by different states throughout the year. Some are geared towards general merchandise, while others include Energy Star products as well as Hurricane preparedness (like in Florida). Generally speaking Sales Tax holidays will occur in late July and August as parents are focusing on their kids’ Back-to-School shopping lists. Energy Star and Hurricane preparedness occur throughout the year at different times.
As a parent you should want to take full advantage of the Tax Free Weekends whenever possible. The tax savings alone can add some mega bucks back to your budget. Just make sure that you are not purchasing things just because you’re not paying taxes on them, make sure you really need the supplies. Although I do suggest that you grab a few extra supplies to keep in your storage closet to use as the year goes on as the pens, pencils, markers, glue, crayons and the like start to break or need replacing. Another great tip is to purchase extras for Christmas stockings as well as donation bins for Christmas.
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Here are the Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2017 Dates
Here is the current list of Back to School Tax Free Weekend Holidays for the 2017 school year. There are tons of states that offer Sales Tax Free Weekends to help out with back to school costs. These Sales Tax Free Weekends allow you to shop for school supplies and saves you on sales tax on specific items. Every states does vary slightly in what is included in their Tax Free Weekend. Most states do however include, Clothing, School Supplies (paper, glue, pens, pencils, folders, ect.) , Laptop Computers (you know for your college kids), Books and more!
Make sure to double check the list of qualified items with your specific state so you don’t have any surprises when you go to pay.
Tax Free Holiday Schedule 2017
Alabama Tax Free Weekend, July 21-23, 2017 (clothing, computers, books and school supplies)
Arkansas Tax Free Weekend,August 5-6, 2017 (clothing and school supplies)
California Tax Free Weekend, 2017 – No tax free weekend.
Connecticut Tax Free Weekend, August 20-27, 2017 (clothing and footwear)
Florida Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (school supplies, clothing and computers)
Georgia Tax Free Weekend, July 29-30, 2017 (school supplies, clothing and computers)
Iowa Tax Free Weekend, August 4-5, 2017 (clothing)
Louisiana Tax Free Weekend, August 4-5, 2017 ( personal property less than $2500)
Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend, 2017– Not happening this year. State legislation did not approve the weekend.
Maryland Tax Free Weekend, August 13-19, 2017 (clothing and footwear)
Mississippi Tax Free Weekend, July 29-31, 2017 (clothing and footwear)
Missouri Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (clothing, computers and school supplies)
New Mexico Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (clothing, computers, computer equipment and school supplies)
New York Tax Free Weekend, 2017 – Tax free applies to certain counties, not state wide. Putnam county is participating.
North Carolina Tax Free Weekend,2017 – No tax free weekend this year.
Ohio Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (clothing and school supplies)
Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (clothing)
Pennsylvania Tax Free Weekend, 2017 – No tax free weekend this year.
Rhode Island Tax Free Weekend – August 12-13, 2017
South Carolina Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (clothing, school supplies and computers)
Tennessee Tax Free Weekend, July 28-30, 2017 (clothing, school supplies and computers)
Texas Tax Free Weekend, August 11-13, 2017 (clothing, backpacks and school supplies)
Virginia Tax Free Weekend, August 4-6, 2017 (clothing, school supplies and energy star products)
Tax Free Online Shopping
If your state does not offer a Tax Free Weekend, you may want to consider driving to a nearby state that does offer the holiday. Like if you are in Massachusetts you might want to go to Connecticut. You should also try and contact your state and let them know that you are upset that they are not offering the Tax Free Holiday. Change only occurs when we become vocal about the concerns we have!
As always make the most out of your Tax Free Weekend by planning ahead. Take inventory of what you have as well as what you are going to need. Gather up your children’s supplies lists and be prepared with them as you shop. Think about what supplies you will need to keep in storage to get you through till the next Tax Free Weekend event as well as your gift giving and donations.
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