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Sales Tax Holiday: Here’s the Tax-Free Weekend in 2024 for Every State

You could save a lot of money if you know when you can shop tax-free in your state. See our sales tax holiday list for back-to-school and other shopping events.
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A sales tax holiday can save you a good chunk of money — if you know when it is and how it works.

In 2024, July and August are opportunities to save money in many states, especially if you're looking for back-to-school deals. But there are tax-free holidays sprinkled throughout the year on other categories, including emergency- and weather-preparedness items, energy-saving appliances and hunting supplies.

What is a sales tax holiday?

A sales tax holiday is a period of time during which many states remove sales tax on certain types of items. Often, the tax-free benefits are limited to a single weekend, but sometimes there are much longer terms.

Sales tax holidays vary by location — and not every state has one. In some cases, the state sales tax may be zero during the holiday, but stores might still have to collect a city or local sales tax.

How do tax-free weekends work?

Sales tax holidays typically restrict eligible purchases by criteria such as product and price. For example, you might be able to purchase computer models that cost up to $1,000 tax-free, but not ones that cost more.

Keep in mind that some states already don't collect a state sales tax. Local governments (the city or county, for example) can still levy tax in those states, though.

When is the 2024 tax-free weekend in my state?

Here’s a look at the states with sales tax holidays in 2024 and the items that will be tax-free, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators and each state’s department of revenue and tax.



Eligible items / Maximum cost per item


July 19-21

  • Clothing / $100

  • Computers / $750

  • School supplies / $50

  • Books / $30


Aug. 3-4

  • Clothing and footwear / Less than $100

  • School supplies / No maximum


Aug. 18-24

  • Clothing and footwear / Less than $100


July 29-Aug. 11

  • School supplies / $50

  • Clothing, footwear and accessories / $100

  • Computers and accessories / $1,500

  • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles / $30

Sept. 1-7

  • Tools / Varying maximums


Aug. 2-3

  • Clothing and footwear / Less than $100


Sept. 6-8

  • Firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies / No maximum


Aug. 11-17

  • Clothing and footwear / $100

  • Backpacks / First $40


Aug. 10-11

  • All retail items for personal use / $2,500 (except vehicles, food, alcohol, gas, certain utilities, tobacco, marijuana)


July 12-14

  • Clothing and footwear / Less than $100

  • Select school supplies / Less than $100

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

  • Firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies / No maximum


Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing / $100

  • Computers / $1,500

  • School supplies / $50


Oct. 25-27

  • Purchases by National Guard members / No maximum

New Jersey

Aug. 24-Sept.2

  • School and art supplies / No maximum

  • Instruction materials / No maximum

  • Computers / $2,999.99

New Mexico

Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing / Less than $100

  • Computers / $1,000

  • Computer equipment / $500

  • School supplies / Less than $30

Nov. 30

  • Certain small business purchases / Less than $500


Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing / $75

  • School supplies / $20


Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing / $99.99

South Carolina

Aug. 2-4

  • Items include computers, school supplies and clothing / No maximum


July 26-28

  • Clothing / $100

  • School supplies / $100

  • Computers / $1,500


May 25-27

  • Select Energy Star products (ceiling fans, light bulbs, dishwashers, etc.) / No maximum

  • WaterSense products / No maximum

  • Energy Star air conditioners / $6,000

  • Energy Star refrigerators / $2,000

Aug. 9-11

  • Clothing, backpacks and school supplies / $99.99


Aug. 2-4

  • Clothing / $100

  • School supplies / $20

  • Energy Star and WaterSense products / $2,500

  • Hurricane-preparedness items / $60

  • Generators / $1,000

West Virginia

Aug. 2-5

  • Clothing / $125

  • School supplies / $50

  • School instruction material: $20

  • Sports equipment / $150

  • Computer or tablet / $500

Sources: Federation of Tax Administrators; state tax and revenue departments.

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How to save big with a sales tax holiday

Here are some tips for leveraging sales tax holidays to save money:

  • For back-to-school savings, reserve major purchases like laptops for the tax-free periods in late July or August. For weather-preparedness savings, try to time purchases with tax holidays sprinkled throughout the year.

  • Keep an eye on the price tags. Typically, only items priced at or below the limit qualify for the tax-free treatment. When back-to-school shopping for new outfits, for example, if the limit is $100 on clothing, then as long as each piece of clothing in your cart is priced $100 or less, you should save on sales tax for those items. But if the limit on shoes is also $100 and you're buying a pair priced at $125, you might have to pay sales tax on them.

  • Check with the state for exceptions. Before you start shopping, head to your state's taxation and revenue website and find out if there are unusual exceptions. In New Mexico, for example, clothing is part of the tax-free weekend, but sports uniforms and bathing suits don’t count, which means they are still taxable.

  • Shop around. Eliminating sales tax shouldn’t be your only means of saving money. Check out local kids’ consignment shops for clothes and shoes not covered by the tax-free holiday. You might also try coupon apps to save money on the stuff you need or browser extensions to easily find deals and compare prices while you shop. Doing research ahead of time for bigger purchases, like Energy Star appliances or hurricane-preparedness items, is also key.

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