Back To School sales tax holiday
The most complete list of all 17 states holding a Back To School sales tax holiday for 2015, updated July 14, 2015. This list is complete with items sales tax will be suspended on, the upper price limit, the sales date ranges, when the sales were first initiated, and a link to where you can get more information.
The 2015 Back To School sales tax holiday will be held in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Keep in mind that while some states suspend the state portion of the sales tax during these Back To School specials, but county, city, or other local sales taxes might still apply if those municipalities are not participating the sales tax holiday.
Also consider that not all items are viewed equally in the eyes of the tax adjuster. Shoes may be considered an item of clothing in one instance, but “track shoes” may be considered sporting goods and not included along with the tax-free items during this Back To School sales tax holiday.
|State||Items Included||Max Price||1st Year||2015 Dates||Information Links|
|Connecticut||clothing and footwear||$300||2001||August 16-22||http://www.ct.gov/drs/|
|Florida||school suppies||2007+||August 7-16||http://dor.myflorida.com/|
|Georgia||school supplies||2012+||July 31 – August 1||http://dor.georgia.gov/|
|Louisiana||all taxable personal property||$2,500||2007||August 7-8||http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/|
|Maryland||clothing & footwear||$100||2010||August 9-15||http://www.marylandtaxes.com/|
|Mississippi||clothing & footwear||$100||2009||July 31-Aug. 1||http://www.dor.ms.gov/|
|New Mexico||clothing||$100||2005||August 7-9||http://www.tax.newmexico.gov|
|>South Carolina||clothing||2000||August 7-9||http://www.sctax.org/|
|Texa||clothing, backpacks and school supplies||$100||1999||August 7-9||http://comptroller.texas.gov/|
|energy star products||$2,500|
|hurricane preparedness items||$60|
Source: Federation of Tax Administrators
Lucinda Rowlands has been the general manager at Zip2Tax since 2010. She has extensively researched sales and use tax regulations in order to help small businesses navigate complicated tax rules.