Every year retailers have to keep track of the many rules and rate changes that accompany sales tax holidays. These state “holidays” give consumers a sales tax break on items like back to school supplies, energy saving products, disaster preparedness items, and even firearms.
Businesses selling any applicable items during a sales tax holiday need to adjust their sales tax rates accordingly, taking into account various exceptions and local tax rates. This can be a massive headache, especially if you need to keep track of holidays in multiple states. To help ease the pain, we’ve gathered a list of 2013 sales tax holidays in the U.S. We will update the list as states release new information.
Sales tax holidays already announced
- Alabama: Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, February 22-24. Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, August 2-4.
- Florida: sales tax holiday on back to school items, August 2-4.
- Iowa: Annual sales tax holiday on certain clothing and footwear, August 2-3.
- Maryland: Annual sales tax holiday on qualifying Energy Star products, February 15-18.
- Mississippi: Sales tax holiday on certain clothing and footwear, July 26-27.
- Missouri: “Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday” for Energy Star Products, April 19-25.
- North Carolina: Back to school sales tax holiday, the first weekend in August.
- Oklahoma: Back to school sales tax holiday, August 2-4.
- South Carolina: Clothing sales tax holiday, August 204.
- Tennessee: Annual sales tax holiday on some clothing, school supplies and computers, August 2-4.
- Texas: Annual Sales Tax Holiday, August 9-11; Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, May 25-27.
- Virginia: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment, May 25-31; back to School Sales Tax Holiday, August 2-4; and Energy Star and WaterSense Qualified Products, October 11-14.
Past sales tax holidays that may return this year
- Arkansas: A sales tax holiday on clothing the first weekend of August.
- Connecticut: A one-week sales and use tax exemption on clothing and footwear (costing less than $300) in August.
- Georgia: Sales tax holiday on clothing and school supplies in August; and a sales tax holiday for Energy Star products in October.
- Louisiana: Sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness items in May; sales tax holiday on “most individual items of tangible personal property” in August; and a sales tax holiday on firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies in September.
- Maryland: A sales tax holiday on clothing in August.
- Missouri: A “Show-Me Green” Sales Tax Holiday for qualifying Energy Star products in April. A Sales tax holiday for back to school items in August.
- New Mexico: Gross receipts tax holiday on back to school supplies.
- North Carolina: Sales tax holiday for qualifying Energy Star products in November.
Check back here for updates, or get rid of the hassle completely: