Financial Friday: Tax Free Holidays Are Here!
by Alice Shaffer
Over the past several years I keep hearing about “tax free shopping weekend” around the first weekend of August. It pertains to saving money on back to school supplies like pencils and erasers. I have taken advantage of it in the past by mistake if I happen to be at a store that weekend and get some supplies. You probably are looking for some new outfits, socks, underwear and shoes for the kids too-don’t worry they are included as well. The really cool thing is that I have noticed that it includes computers that are of a certain dollar amount. This could be great if you are looking for a cheap laptop or netbook that you want to pick up on the fly. I wish I had remembered this back in May when I purchased my netbook.
Of course not every state participates in the “tax free holiday” shopping but a nice handful does. Make sure to check for the details for your state. Start looking at your coupons now for items so that you can get the most bang for your buck. Look at combining your gift cards and reward credits to the stores to save even more money. I have like $18 in Staples Rewards checks that will be very helpful come next weekend when I go and get some office supplies.
I found a wonderful blog post that shares with readers when the dates are including links to the various states. Thank you to milwivessaving for her post Tax Free Holiday Shopping August 2010 for Back To School! I am sharing part of her post here with you now. Make sure to go check out her blog at Military Wives Saving.
★ Here is a list by state of the Back To School Tax Free Holidays ★
Alabama-Friday August 6, 2010, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 8, 2010. Find details at The Alabama Dept. of Revenue.
Connecticut-August 22 through Saturday, August 28, 2010. For more information go here Connecticut Dept. of Revenue
Florida- August 13, 2010, through midnight, Sunday, August 15, 2010. Go here to read more Florida Department of Revenue website
Georgia- No tax free Holiday this year!
Iowa-August 6-7, 2010. It does not include Sunday. Find more information here Iowa Dept. of Revenue
Louisiana- Friday, August 6, through 12:00 midnight on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Click here for details Louisiana Dept. of Revenue
Maryland-August 8 – 14, 2010 For more go to Maryland Sales Tax Bulletin
Mississippi-12:01 a.m. Friday, July 30, through midnight Saturday, July 31, 2010. Click on over here for more information Official Guide For 2010 Sales Tax Holiday
Missouri-August 6-8, 2010. For details visit the Missouri Department of Revenue.
New Mexico-August 6-8, 2010. List Of Taxable and Nontaxable Items, see page 3.
North Carolina– August 6-8, 2010.For more information visit North Carolina Dept. of Revenue – August Sales Tax Holiday.
Oklahoma-Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8, 2010.For details visitOklahoma Tax Commission.
South Carolina-August 6-8, 2010. To find out more visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
Tennessee– August 6 through Sunday, August 8, 2010. For details visitTennessee Sales Tax Holiday Information.
Texas-August 20-22, 2010 Get the details: Texas Tax Holiday Official Page.
Virginia- August August 6, 2010 and ends at midnight on August 8, 2010. See more at School Supplies and Clothing Holiday