Eleven states hold Back To School sales tax holidays in August

Back To School sales tax holidays in August

Back To School sales tax holidays in August

Back to school sales tax holidayEleven states have already announced that they will be holding their annual Back To School sales tax holidays in August. Here is an up-to-date list of the dates for the various tax holidays as well as a summary of what’s exempted from the usual state taxes.

Alabama: August 1-3. The tax holiday includes clothing (<$100 per item); computers, computer software, and computer supplies (<$750 per item); school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional material (<$50 per item).

Arkansas: August 1-3. Clothing (<$100 per item); clothing accessories or equipment (<$750 per item); school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials (<$50 per item).

Connecticut: August 17-23. Clothing (<$300 per item); shoes (<$300 per item).

Florida: August 1-3. Clothing, shoes, and accessories (<$75 per item); school supplies (<$15 per item); computers and computer accessories (<$750 per item)

Georgia: August 1-2. School supplies and school instructional materials (<$20 per item); clothing and shoes (<$100 per item); computers and computers software (<$1,000 per item)

Louisiana: August 1-2. The Louisiana sales tax holiday is one of the most expansive and includes far more than school supplies, clothing, and computers:  “The exemption applies statewide to all consumer purchases of tangible personal property, other than vehicles subject to license and title and meals furnished for consumption on the premises where purchased, including to-go orders, provided that the property is not for use in a business, trade, or profession.”

Missouri: August 1-3. Clothing (<$100 per item); school supplies (<$50 per purchase), computer software (taxable value of <$350); personal computers (<$3,500); computer peripheral devices (<$3,500).

New Mexico: August 2-4. Clothing and shoes (<$100 per unit); desktop, laptop, tablets, or notebook computers (<$1,000 per item); computer hardware (<$500); school supplies for use in standard classrooms (<$30 per unit).

Tennessee: August 1-3. Clothing ($100 or less); school supplies ($100 or less); and computers ($1,500 or less).

Texas: August 8-10. Clothing; school supplies; shoes; and backpacks (<$100 per item)

Virginia: August 1-3. School supplies (<$20 per item); clothing and footwear (<$100 per item).

Florida welcomes hurricane season with sales tax holiday

Florida – hurricane season

Florida’s sales tax holiday on storm supplies starts Saturday, May 31 and continues through June 8 to encourage preparedness for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30.Sales tax holiday

The tax holiday includes the following items:

  • Flashlights for $20 or less
  • Portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio for $50 or less
  • Tarpaulin or  flexible waterproof sheeting for $50 or less
  • First-aid kits for $30 or less
  • Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits for $50 or less
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks for $25 or less
  • Batteries include AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries for $30 or less
  • Nonelectric coolers for $30 or less
  • Portable generators for $750 or less
  • Reusable ice $10 or less

Find more information on the tax holiday from the Florida Division of Emergency Management at FloridaDisaster.org.

Alabama announces Back To School sales tax holiday

Alabama announces Back To School sales tax holiday

Alabama announces Back To School sales tax holiday

Alabama’s ninth annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday will be held Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.

To allow retailers sufficient time to prepare for the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, local governments should notify the Alabama Departmeback to school sales tax holidaynt of Revenue (ADOR) by July 1, 2014, of their decisions regarding their participation in this year’s sales tax holiday.

A provision in the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday law allows counties and municipalities to join the state by removing their own local sales and use taxes from the same items during the same weekend. Covered items include:

• clothing costs up to $100 per item;

• computers, software and computer supplies costing up to $750 per item;

• school supplies and textbooks up to $50 per item; and

• other books up to $30 each.

To see which local governments are participating, as well as to get more detailed information about the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, visit ADOR’s website.

Firearms sales tax holiday proposed in Alabama

Firearms sales tax holiday

Firearms sales tax holiday The Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee passed a bill to officially name the sales tax free weekend the Remington Appreciation Sales Tax Holiday. The Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee passed a bill to officially name the sales tax free weekend the Remington Appreciation Sales Tax Holiday.

gun showAlabama has proposed a firearms sales tax holiday on guns and shooting supplies the weekend before Independence Day.

While sales tax holidays are frequently criticized for the amount of revenue they cost the state, they often have other compensations. A firearms sales tax holiday break is likely to attract gun shows with their accompanying tourist dollars. Another major benefit to the state is the recently announced plans by the Remington Outdoor Company, a manufacturer of guns and ammunition, to open a 2,000 employee plant in Huntsville.

The Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee passed a bill to officially name the sales tax free weekend the Remington Appreciation Sales Tax Holiday.

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Mississippi firearms sales tax holiday proposed

Mississippi tax holiday

Mississippi tax holiday

Mississippi’s Senate and House both passed differing versions of a bill creating a sportsman’s sales tax holiday.

While the bills vary widely on what will be eligible for exemption, they both agree that the sales tax holiday will cover firearms and various hunting accessories and it will occur during the first weekend of September.

Differences in the two bills are expected to be worked out in conference committee.

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