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August 2016 sales tax changes

  • Aug 1, 2016 | Gail Cole

 There's a more serious side to August as well, and it involves sales tax.

August evokes days at the beach, warm summer nights, and travel, but there’s a more serious side to August as well. A number of sales tax changes take effect on August 1, 2016. One of the most notable is that digital downloads become subject to Pennsylvania sales and use tax on that date. Aside from that, the month brings rate changes, tax modernization, and sales tax holidays.

Rate changes

Tax rate changes taking effect on August 1 include, but are not limited to, the following:

Sales tax holidays

Sales tax holidays entice consumers to head to the cool of the mall for tax-free shopping. As the month progresses the following states provide sales tax holidays:

  • Alabama, August 5-7
  • Arkansas, August 5-7
  • Connecticut, August 21-27
  • Florida, August 5-7
  • Iowa, August 5-6
  • Louisiana, August 5-7
  • Maryland, August 14-20
  • Mississippi, August 26-28
  • Missouri, August 5-7
  • New Mexico, August 5-7
  • Ohio, August 5-7
  • Oklahoma, August 5-7
  • South Carolina, August 5-7
  • Texas, August 5-7
  • Virginia, August 5-7

Learn about the devilish details of some August sales tax holidays.

Tax modernization

An extensive modernization of the tax system is underway at the Hawaii Department of Taxation. Hawaii Tax Online launches on August 15 and numerous taxpayers will receive new tax identification numbers by August 31. Learn more.


It’s not for everyone, but it’s a big deal for bikers and the people who sell them stuff. The Annual Motorcycle Rally brings many temporary vendors to Sturgis, South Dakota, August 8-14. Learn what it takes for vendors to be sales and use tax compliant here.

Facilitate compliance

Tax automation software facilitates sales and use tax compliance in all states. Learn how it works.

Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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.