Back To School Tax Free Weekend

The back to school season is right around the corner and many states are offering sales tax free weekends for families to help wine down the cost of shopping for school. The back to school season shopping includes not only school supplies but clothing, computers, and other things that students need. While many of these items are subject to around 4 to 8 percent sales tax, the tax free weekend eliminates this for certain items for up to a certain amount. Here is everything you need to know about the back to school tax free weekend in your state for the 2023 calendar year.

Alabama

Start Date: July 16 

End Date: July 18

Included Items: Clothing up to $100, Computers up to $750, School Supplies up to $50, and Books up to $30.

Arkansas

Start Date: August 7

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing and Footwear up to $100.

Connecticut

Start Date: August 15 

End Date: August 21

Included Items: Clothing and Footwear up to $100.

Florida

Start Date: July 31

End Date: August 9

Included Items: Clothing up to $60, School Supplies up to $15, and Computers up to $1,000.

Illinois

The Illinois sales tax holiday, will help Illinois families get back to school supplies at a discounted rate. This 10-day period, from August 5 to August 14, will save shoppers 1.25% on the price of qualifying items.

For instance, teachers can receive an income tax credit of up to $250 for classroom supplies. There are also unique back-to-school sales tax reduction weekends at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls, and Dillard’s.

Illinois’ 10-day sales tax holiday is part of the state’s $1.8 billion tax relief bill. It was part of the $46.5 billion budget approved by Pritzker in April.

According to the National Retail Federation, a recent survey found that local parents spend an average of $886 on school supplies for their kids. That’s $346 more than the national average, but it’s still well under the $10k mark.

Iowa

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 7

Included Items: Clothing up to $100.

Maryland

Start Date: August 8

End Date: August 14

Included Items: Clothing and Footwear up to $100.

Mississippi

Start Date: July 30

End Date: July 31

Included Items: Clothing and Footwear up to $100.

Missouri

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing up to $100, School Supplies up to $50, and Computers up to $1,500.

New Mexico

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing up to $100, School Supplies up to $30, Computers up to $1,000, and Computer Equipment up to $500.

Ohio

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing up to $75 and School Supplies up to $20.

Oklahoma 

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing up to $100.

Tennessee 

Start Date: July 30

End Date: August 1

Included Items: Clothing up to $100, School Supplies up to $100, and Computers up to $1,500.

Texas

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing, Backpacks, and School Supplies up to $100.

Virginia

Start Date: August 6

End Date: August 8

Included Items: Clothing up to $100 and School Supplies up to $20.

West Virginia

Start Date: July 30

End Date: August 2

Included Items: Clothing up to $125, School Supplies $20, Sports Equipment up to $150, Computers and Tablets up to $500.

Cash-back apps

Cash-back apps are the way to go if you’re looking for a way to save money on back-to-school shopping. These apps offer automatic savings on purchases made online and in-store. Several of them are free to use. You may earn up to 20% cash back with these services.

Before selecting a cash-back app, you should know what you want to get out of it. Many rewards programs are available, and the best ones will depend on your preferences and spending habits.

Cashback is available in various forms, including gift cards or PayPal. You can also use it to pay for extra payments on your bills. The good news is that you can receive your reward immediately.

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