Back to school shopping may be fun, but it’s rarely inexpensive – especially if you’re shopping for more than one! The season pulls in around $72 billion a year and is typically the busiest time of year for most retailers. While we’ll see many stores host special promotions and incentives in Canada, we totally wish Canada would get on board with America’s back to school shopping mindset. Forbes created a list of states that will be taking temporary sales tax holidays to boost back to school purchases. The tax-free items are specific to back to school shopping and include discounts on computers, clothing, school supplies, art supplies, footwear and more. If you’re thinking about crossing the border for your back to school needs, we’ve narrowed down the list to all of the states that have waived taxes on clothing (because how can you resist!) below. For a full list of tax-free goods, head to Forbes.

  • Alabama: Clothing purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–3
  • Arkansas: Clothing purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 2–3,
  • Connecticut: Clothing and footwear purchases of $300 or less per item are exempt from August 17–23
  • Florida: Clothing, footwear, and certain accessory purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–3,
  • Georgia: Clothing purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt, except for clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands from August 1–2
  • Iowa: Clothing and footwear purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–2
  • Louisiana: “Purchases on most individual items of tangible personal property for non-binding business use” of $2,500 or less per item are exempt from August 1–2
  • Maryland: Clothing and footwear purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 10–16
  • Mississippi: Clothing and footwear purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from July 25–26. Footwear does not include athletic shoes.
  • Missouri: Clothing purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–3
  • Oklahoma: Clothing and footwear purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–3. Does not include athletic wear.
  • South Carolina: Clothing, footwear, and accessory purchases are exempt from August 1–3
  • Tennessee: Clothing purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–3
  • Texas: Clothing and footwear purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 8–10
  • Virginia: Clothing and footwear purchases of $100 or less per item are exempt from August 1–3. Does not include athletic wear.

Additionally, Pennsylvania and Vermont never charge sales tax on clothes. Plan your road trips accordingly!

Will you be tax-free back to school shopping in the States this year?

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