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2014 Sales Tax Holidays


Last updated, 9.5.14.

Updated, 6.6.14: The lists below have been amended to reflect the current state of sales tax holidays. Please note that the North Carolina sales tax holidays have been repealed, effective July 2014.

Sales tax holidays and tax free weekends happen.

You may consider them poor tax policy, as does the Tax Foundation. You may like them, as do many state politicians. In truth, your opinion doesn’t really matter. For or against, if you sell into a state with a sales tax holiday, you had best be equipped to handle it.

To date, the following sales tax holidays have been announced for 2014:

State department of revenue websites often do not release information on sales tax holidays until close to the date of the holiday. The following sales tax holidays took place in 2013; dates for a 2014 holiday have not yet been announced.

Breaking sales tax holiday news

Walmart and Apple have reportedly lobbied for a Wisconsin sales tax holiday that would waive sales tax on some computers and school supplies. The holiday has been proposed by Republican lawmakers and is thought to have a good chance of being accepted if the state’s budget looks good (a budget report is expected soon). However, some Wisconsin lawmakers worry that a sales tax holiday “would put a burden on small business owners who would have to reprogram their cash registers to not charge sales tax.”

How does your business handle sales tax holidays? An automated sales tax system helps.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.