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Every State's Tax Free Weekend in 2020

BY: Christopher Mahar | Jul 13, 2020

Back to School Tax-Free Weekends by State 2019

Though it may seem like jumping the gun to be talking back-to-school sales this early, shopping will be very different this year because of COVID-19. With uncertainty surrounding best practices, schools and parents alike are struggling to know what the school year will look like. But some things we do know: students will need new school supplies, and school supplies can get expensive. This year, 16 states are offering parents a little help with back-to-school tax-free weekends! All the states on this list are offering a reprieve from sales taxes during the back-to-school shopping season, joining 5 other states that never collect any sales tax. Read on to see if your state is on the list for a sales tax holiday weekend.

The Groupon Coupons team also put together a comprehensive back-to-school checklist, so you can find the cutest school supplies and dorm decor. And don't worry, we know when all the best back-to-school sales are, so you won't pay too much either.

Alabama (July 17–19)

  • Clothing (less than $100 per item)
  • Computers (less than $750 per item)
  • Books (less than $30 per item)
  • Select school supplies (less than $50 per item)

Arkansas (Aug. 1–2)

  • Clothing (less than $100 per item)
  • School instructional materials
  • Select school and art supplies

Connecticut (Aug. 16–22)

  • Clothing and footwear (less than $100 per item)

Florida (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing, footwear, and select accessories (less than $60 per item)
  • Select school supplies (less than $15 per item)
  • Computers and select accessories (first $1,000 per item)

Iowa (Aug. 7–8)

  • Clothing and footwear (less than $100 per item)

Maryland (Aug. 9–15)

  • Clothing and footwear (less than $100 per item)
  • No taxes on the first $40 of a backpack

Massachusetts (Aug. 29–30)

  • Select products less than $2,500 per item 

Mississippi (July 24–25)

  • Clothing and footwear (less than $100 per item)

Missouri (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing (less than $100 per item)
  • Computers (less than $1,500)
  • School supplies (less than $50 per item)

New Mexico (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing and shoes (less than $100 per item)
  • Computers and accessories (less than $1,000 for computers and $500 for accessories)
  • School supplies (less than $30 per item)

Ohio (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing (less than $75 per item)
  • School supplies (less than $20 per item)
  • School instructional materials (less than $20 per item)

Oklahoma (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing and shoes (less than $100 per item)

South Carolina (Aug. 7–4)

  • Clothing and accessories
  • Shoes
  • Select school supplies, including backpacks
  • Computers, software, and printers
  • Select dorm room items, including select bed and bath items 

Tennessee (July 31–Aug. 2)

  • Clothing (less than $100 per item)
  • School and art supplies (less than $100 per item)
  • Computers (less than $1,500 per item)

Texas (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing and footwear (less than $100 per item)
  • School supplies and backpacks (less than $100 per item)

Virginia (Aug. 7–9)

  • Clothing and footwear (less than $100 per item)
  • School supplies (less than $20 per item)
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products

State-specific guidelines and exclusions apply. Check your state’s website for full details.

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