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12 states to host tax-free sales ahead of the school year

The new school year is approaching, and the thought that it is time to stock up on fresh notebooks, pencils and folders for papers is both invigorating and frightening. Accessories, electronics, and clothing tend to be on a hefty list and can cut your bank account pretty much. To prevent this from happening, take the opportunity and buy everything during the tax-free sale, offers RetailMeNot.

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During tax holidays, some states lower sales taxes on certain items, making school shopping more affordable. Discounts this year will apply to major retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Target.

Tax-free days are relevant in 2020 for 16 states (but keep in mind that in some they have already passed), as well as 5 states that never charge sales tax - these are Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.

In most cases, tax-free sales start at 12:01 pm and end at midnight. If you've missed days like these in your state, or your state isn't involved, it might be worth taking a trip to a neighboring state.


  • When: from 7 to 8 August

Purchases of clothing or shoes for less than $ 100 are tax-free on the dates shown. Backpacks, bags and uniform are not included.


  • When: from 7 to 9 August

School supplies priced at less than $ 20 per unit and certain clothing and footwear priced at less than $ 100 per unit.


  • When: from 16 to 22 August

In this state, tax holidays will last a whole week. This means zero tax on sales of apparel and footwear under $ 100 per unit. Does not apply to sportswear and equipment.


  • When: from 29 to 30 August

All retail items priced at $ 2500 or less, excluding cars, motor boats, food, telecommunications, fuel, electricity, tobacco, marijuana, and marijuana products.

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  • When: from 7 to 9 August

Here, sales taxes will not be charged on any item of clothing, including shoes, that is worth $ 100 or less; school supplies up to $ 50 per purchase; graphing calculators up to $ 150; computer software with a taxable value of $ 350 or less; personal computers for less than $ 1500.


  • When: from 9 to 15 August

There will be no sales tax in this state for a whole week. Buy cheaper clothes and shoes for less than $ 100 (without accessories) and the first $ 40 to buy a backpack.

New Mexico

  • When: from 7 to 9 August

Tax holidays apply to clothing or footwear less than $ 100 per item; computers up to $ 1000; related computer equipment up to $ 500; and school supplies for $ 30 or less. Note that retailers are not required to participate in the New Mexico Tax-Free Weekend, so check the price before buying!


  • When: from 7 to 9 August

Clothing priced at $ 75 per item or less, school supplies or teaching materials at $ 20 per item or less.


  • When: from 7 to 9 August

There is no sales tax on clothing and footwear under $ 100. Accessories, sports shoes and safety equipment are not included in the promotion.

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  • When: from 7 to 9 August

Tax-free weekends cover most clothing, shoes, school supplies, swimwear, and backpacks under $ 100.


  • When: from 7 to 9 August

Zero taxes on sales of apparel, footwear and certain accessories that sell for less than $ 60 per unit, as well as certain school supplies for less than $ 15 per unit and computers for less than $ 1000.

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  • When: from August 7 to August 9

You can buy cheaper clothes, computers, accessories, school supplies and some household goods.

States not participating this year:

  • Idaho
  • Arizona
  • Wyoming
  • Washington
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin
  • Hawaii
  • Georgia
  • West Virginia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • California
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan
  • Maine
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • North Dakota
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah

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