2012 Tax Free Weekend List of States Offering Sales Tax Holiday

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When is tax free weekend 2012? Here is a list of the dates and information for each state offering tax-free savings during the month of August. Take advantage of tax-free holiday shopping in the following states during the month of August 2012: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York,, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia

tax free weekend 2012If you do not see your state on this list, you may need to drive to a nearby state that is offering the sales tax holiday. States like Rhode Island and Colorado do not have a tax free weekend, so you’re out of luck unless you want to spend money on gas and make a trip to another state. There is also no tax free weekend in D.C – the bill has been repealed since 2009.

How much can you spend during the tax-free holiday? There are limits on the dollar value of each item purchased and states have different rules as to what is included in this annual sale. Many retailers have tax free weekend sales during the tax holiday, so take advantage of the extra savings for back-to-school shopping or early holiday shopping.

2012 Tax Free Weekend List by State

Dollar limit is per item

Alabama:  August 3-5, 2012 (clothing – $100, computers – $750 , school supplies – $50, books – $30)

Arkansas: August 4-5, 2012 (Clothing and footwear – $100, Accessories – $50; All school supplies)

Connecticut: August 19-25, 2012 (clothing and footwear – $300)

Florida: August 3-5, 2012 (school supplies – $15, books, clothing – $75)

Iowa: August 3-4, 2012 (clothing – $100)

Louisiana: August 3-4, 2012 (no tax on first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items that are considered tangible personal property for non-business use.)

Maryland: August 12-18, 2011 (clothing & footwear – $100)

Massachusetts: If passed, the 2012 Tax Free Weekend bill will allow for tax free shopping Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. The proposed bill is limited to retail sales, and does not include purchases of motor vehicles and boats, cell phones or items that cost more than $2,500. Check for updates on www.Mass.gov. This bill passed in 2011, so consumers will probably see it happen again in 2012.

Mississippi: July 27-28, 2012 (clothing & footwear – $100)

Missouri: August 3-5, 2012 (clothing – $100, computers – $3,500, school supplies – $50)

New Mexico: August 3-5, 2012 (clothing – $100, computers – $1,000, school supplies – $15)

North Carolina: August 3-5, 2012 (clothing – $100, school supplies – $100, instructional material – $300, computers – $3,500, other computer items – $250, sports equipment – $50)

Oklahoma: August 3-5, 2012 (clothing – $100)

South Carolina: August 3-5, 2012 (clothing, school supplies, computers, more)

Tennessee: August 3-5, 2012 (clothing – $100, school supplies – $100, computers – $1,500)

Texas: August 17-19, 2012 (clothing, backpacks and school supplies $100)

Virginia: August 3- 5, 2012  (clothing – $100, school supplies – $20)

West Virginia has not had a tax-free holiday since 2010. However, they have had Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday in the fall, so you may want to keep an eye out for that tax holiday if you’re shopping for appliances this year.

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