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Sales Tax Holiday July and August Round Up

  • Jul 13, 2012 | Susan McLain

Sales tax holidays are sometimes used to stimulate the economy and have been popular with consumers.  Here is the list of state sales tax holidays for mid-July through August, 2012.

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July 27-28, 2012 – Mississippi

Mississippi provides that “…Sales Tax is not due on the sale of articles of clothing or footwear if the sales price of a single…item is less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).”


August 3-4, 2012 – Iowa

Iowa exempts “select’ clothing and footwear “…priced under $100.00 regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.”

August 3-4, 2012 – Louisiana

Louisiana “…provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use.”

August 3-5, 2012 – Alabama

Alabama exemptions include: Clothing - $100 or less per article of clothing; Computers, computer software and school computer supplies - $750 or less per single purchase; Books - $30 or less per book.

August 3-5, 2012 – Florida

Florida exempts “…clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags…have a sales price of $75 or less per item…[and] certain school supplies having a sales price of $15 or less….”

August 3-5, 2012 – Missouri

Missouri exempts clothing with a taxable value of less than $100, school supplies “not to exceed $50 per purchase,” computer software with a taxable value of less than $350, personal computers “not to exceed $3,500” and computer peripheral devices “not to exceed $3,500."

August 3-5, 2012 – New Mexico

New Mexico exempts clothing or shoes “…priced at less than $100 per unit,” desktop, laptop or notebook computers priced less than $1,000, related computer hardware less than $500 and “[s]chool supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit.”

August 3-5, 2012 – North Carolina

North Carolina exempts “[c]lothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item, computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item….” Learn more information.

August 3-5, 2012 – Oklahoma

Oklahoma exempts “…most footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100 during the holiday.”

August 3-5, 2012 – South Carolina

South Carolina exempts sales tax on clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers and more. View the list here….

August 3-5, 2012 – Tennessee

Tennessee exempts clothing less than $100, school supplies $100 or less and computer $1,500 or less.

August 3-5, 2012 – Virginia

Virginia exempts school supply items priced less than $20 and clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 each.

August 4-5, 2012 – Arkansas

Arkansas allows “…shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.”

August 10-11, 2012 – Georgia

Georgia exempts “Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands.”

August 11-12 – Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the Budget Bill, which allows for the Massachusetts sales tax holiday to occur in August again this year. Massachusetts law exempts most retail sales, however, “…does not include purchases of motor vehicles and boats, cell phones or items that cost more than $2,500.”

August 12-18, 2012 – Maryland

Maryland’s “Shop Maryland Week” exempts “…qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less.”

August 17-19, 2012 – Texas

Texas “…exempt[s] most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes….”

August 19-25, 2012 – Connecticut

In Connecticut, “…shoppers will have one week to buy items of clothing and footwear costing under $300 without paying Connecticut sales tax.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”