Get a Break on Sales Taxes

Several states have sales-tax holidays in July and August for back-to-school shoppers.

In many states, the first weekend of August will be a great time for families to do their back-to-school shopping. That's because many items will be exempt from sales tax.

Sixteen states will have sales-tax holidays this year -- and 11 will fall on the first weekend of August, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. Arkansas joins the list of states exempting back-to-school purchases such as clothing, computers and school supplies from sales taxes this year (Illinois drops off the list).

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.