Families shopping for school supplies can save money for their household by making the purchase during the 2017 sales tax holidays. There are several states that still operate these programs, and while the list changes from yer to year, it may be possible for you to save tens or hundreds of dollars per year.
Most of the sales tax holidays started with the intent of helping children obtain back to school supplies, clothing, computers, shoes, and other items they may need for the upcoming year. However depending on the state that you live in, you may be able to save money on the sales tax from other goods too. For example some states even allow disaster preparedness items to be includes as well.
The list of which states off these sales tax holidays is noted below. Almost every single retailer will participate, as of course they want people to shop there. Generally the holidays that operate in 2017 will take place during the weekend. So you can expect that the stores will be busy then! But they also tend to offer extended hours; at least the major retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Staples, and others do so.
Now we know that these government programs in of themselves will not allow a parent to buy everything they need for their child, or multiple kids. Many parents need additional help paying for high priced school supplies. Luckily there are other charities as well as non-profits that try to assist by offering free items. Note the enrollment period for these services will usually commence in the June or even May 2017 time frame. So apply right away. As supplies are first come and served.
One of the leading charities is the Salvation Army. They often hold drives to offer students notebooks, backpacks, coats, footwear, and other school supplies. Churches and other non-profits also often try to participate as well. Find where to get free school supplies from other organizations.
So combining the 2017 sales tax holidays, with some of these charitable services, can go a long towards towards helping a parent purchase the supplies their kid(s) need. As every student deserves some new stuff for the upcoming year.
States with more robust tax holidays in 2017
Alabama families can save money on computers under $750, clothing, uniforms, books under $30, and other school supplies from July 21 to the 23rd of 2017.
Families of all income levels in Arkansas can shop for school supplies. Look for tax savings to take place August 5 to the 6th.
Florida has an event in August, from the 4th to the 6th. Residents can buy everything from backpacks to laptops under $750, shoes, clothes under $60, and other back t school supplies.
Louisiana may have the most robust program of any state. Residents can save sales taxes on any Personal Property acquired that is valued under $2500. Shop from August 4-5th, 2017.
The Mississippi sales tax holiday is held from July 28 to July 29. Purchases need to be under $100.
New Mexico – Save money from August 4-6th, 2017. Some of the limits extend up to $1000.
Ohio holds it annual sales tax holiday from August 4 to the 6th.
If you live in South Carolina, save money on supplies from August 4 to the 6th of 2017. Shop for clothes, books, desktops or laptops, tablets, and other items for your child.
Tennessee – The state is waiving sales taxes from July 28 to the 30th of the 2017.
If you live in Texas, note that retailers offer tax breaks on clothing, uniforms, backpacks, as well as other school supplies. Shop from August 11-13th, 2017.
Virginia – Another state that is waiving sales taxes in August 2017. Residents should hit the malls and stores from the 4th to the 6th.
Clothing only sales tax holidays
Clothing, winter boots, shoes, sandals and other footwear valued under $100 can be bought in Connecticut. Shop from August 20-26th, 2017.
Iowa is similar to Oklahoma in that only clothing under $100 is allowed. Shop from August 4th to the fifth.
Maryland event takes place for several days. This state has the longest sales tax holiday of anyone. Save money from August 13-19th, 2017.
Missouri – Their 2017 sales tax holidays taxes place August 4th to the 6th. Shop for computers or tablets. There are of course other school items that are part of the program, and that may be notebooks, belts, uniforms, and more.
Oklahoma is a little different. They only offer savings on clothing. This event is held from August 4-6th, 2017. But all sorts of clothes can be bought; shoes, belts, hats, jackets, socks, etc.