Guide to State Sales Tax Holidays, 2019

These 17 states offer a break from sales tax on back-to-school essentials, clothing, hunting gear and even appliances this summer.

Happy young boy looks at a shirt in the mirror while shopping for back to school clothes with his mom.
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How would you like to get a discount of 4% (or substantially more) on your back-to-school shopping, on top of whatever seasonal promotion a retailer might offer? Plan ahead and you could. Seventeen states have annual sales tax holidays, when they waive taxes on essentials such as clothes, school supplies and computers. Students, teachers and parents aren’t the only ones who can save money. Some states even extend the offer to hunting equipment, appliances and supplies to help you be prepared in case of severe weather.

The dates of the tax holidays vary by state, but they commonly fall on a weekend and some even extend to a week during the summer months.

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McKenzie Richmond
Mckenzie Richmond is an intern for She is a rising junior at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, majoring in editorial journalism with a specialization in photojournalism. At school, she works for the Daily Mississippian as a staff reporter and a photographer. Her previous professional experience includes an internship with the Anchorage Daily News as a writer and photographer.