2016 Sales Tax Holiday

State Tax Free Weekend 2016 – 2016 Sales Tax Holiday


2016 Sales Tax Holidays – Tax Free Day 2016

Tax Free Weekend 2016 – No Tax Weekend 2016

StateItems Included2016 Dates
Alabamahurricane preparedness supplies and generatorsFebruary 26-28 ** See limits
Alabamaclothing, computers, books, school suppliesAugust 5-7 ** See limits
Arkansasclothing, school suppliesAugust 6-7 **
Connecticutclothing and footwear August 14-20 **
Floridahurricane preparedness equipment, generatorsMay 28-June 5 **
Floridaschool supplies, clothing, computersAugust 5-7 **
Floridaenergy star/WaterSense products September 17-20 **
Georgiaschool supplies, clothing, computersJuly 30-31 **
Georgiaenergy star/WaterSense products September 30-October 2, 2016 **
Iowaclothing August 5-7 **
Louisianaall TPP August 5-6 **
Louisianahurricane preparedness items May 28-29 **
Louisianafirearms, ammunition and hunting suppliesSeptember 3-5 **
Marylandenergy star productsFebruary 12-14 **
Marylandclothing & footwearAugust 7-13 **
Massachusettsclothing & footwear TBD
Mississippiclothing & footwear July 29-30 **
Missourienergy star products April 19-25 **
Missouriclothing, computers, school suppliesAugust 5-7**
New Mexicoclothing, computers, computer equipment, school suppliesAugust 5-7 **
Ohioclothing and school suppliesAugust 5-7**
Oklahomaclothing August 5-7**
South Carolinaclothing, school supplies, computersAugust 5-7 **
Tennesseeclothing, school supplies, computersJuly 29-31 **
Texasenergy star products, air conditioners May 28-30 **
Texasclothing, backpacks and school supplies-generators August 5-7 **
Virginiaclothing, school suppliesAugust 5-7 **
Virginiaenergy star products August 5-7 **

(updated June 24, 2016)

** Updated for 2016 Sales Tax Holiday.

Sales Tax Holiday 2016When are the Sales Tax Holidays in 2016?

Governments are always trying strategies to drive the economy, and one of those strategies is the sales tax holiday.Sales tax holidays are meant to stimulate the state’s economy by encouraging consumers to buy more, usually during big retail events like back to school or in preparation for warm or cold weather. While some detractors, like the Tax Foundation, maintain that sales tax holidays are a political ploy rather than an actual driver of the economy, they seem to be here to stay in many states.This post will list 2016’s sales tax holidays and also go over what online sellers need to know about sales tax holidays.

2016 Sales Tax Holidays

Alabama Sales Tax Holidays

Alabama Back To SchoolClick here for date: clothing (not accessories or protective or recreational equipment) with sales price of $100 or less per item; single purchases, with a sales price of $750 or less, of computers, computer software, school computer equipment; noncommercial purchases of school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials with sales price of $50 or less per item; noncommercial book purchases with sales price of $30 of less per book.

Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness: Date Above: severe weather preparedness items that cost $60 or less, except for portable generators and power cords used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage, which are covered as long as they cost $1,000 or less. Alabama Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday 2016
Arkansas Back To School – Date Above: clothing items under $100, clothing accessory or equipment under $50, school art supply, school instructional material, and school supply.
Connecticut Back to School – Date available at the top of the page: clothing and footwear (not athletic or protective clothing or footwear, jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and similar items) that cost less than $300 per item. CT Tax Free Weekend 2016

Georgia Sales Tax Holidays

Georgia Back to School Tax Free Weekend – Date and more information here.: (1) computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use having a sales price of $1,000 or less per item; (2) clothing having a sales price of $100 or less per item; and (3) school supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use having a sales price of $20 or less per item.

Georgia Energy Star Tax Weekend Reload the page to see the date at the top: any Energy Star Qualified Product or WaterSense Product having a sales price of $1,500 or less per product that is purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Iowa Back to School Tax Free – Click here for date: clothing and footwear (not accessories, rentals, athletic or protective) with sales price of less than $100 per item.

Louisiana Tax Free Day 2016 Sales Tax Holiday – Date here: first $1,500 of sales price of hurricane preparedness items. Excludes items purchased at airports, hotels, convenience stores, or entertainment complexes. August 5-6: first $2,500 of sales price of noncommercial purchases (not leases) of items of tangible personal property (not vehicles or meals). Does not apply to local taxes. However, St. Charles Parish will waive its local Louisiana sales tax during the same weekend as the state holiday. September 2-4: noncommercial purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies. Does not include purchases of animals for the use of hunting.

2016 Tax Free Weekends

Maryland Tax Free Week 2016 – Find it here: Energy Star products and solar water heaters. August 7-13: Items of clothing (not accessories) and footwear with a taxable price of $100 or less. Mississippi – July 29-30: Clothing or footwear (not accessories, rentals, or skis, swim fins, or skates) with sales price under $100 per item. September 2-4: Firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies, including archery equipmentMissouri – August 5-7: noncommercial purchases of clothing (not accessories) with taxable value of $100 or less per item; school supplies up to $50 per purchase; computer software with taxable value of $350 or less; and personal computers and computer peripherals up to $3,500. Localities may opt out. If less than 2% of retailer’s merchandise qualifies, retailer must offer a tax refund in lieu of tax holiday. April 19-25: Retail sales of Energy Star certified new appliances of up to $1,500 per appliance.

New Mexico Tax Free WeekendNM Sales Tax Holiday Date: footwear and clothing (not accessories or athletic or protective clothing) with sales price of less than $100 per item; school supplies with sales price of less than $30 per item; computers with sales price of $1,000 or less per item; computer peripherals with sales price of $500 or less per item; book bags, backpacks, maps and globes with sales price less than $100 per item; and handheld calculators with sales price of less than $200 per item. Retailers are not required to participate.

Ohio Back to School 2016 Sales Tax Holiday – Click here for date – Tax holiday takes place from August 5 through August 7, 2016. The following items will be exempt: school supplies with a price of $20 or less, clothing with a price of $75 or less, and school instructional materials with a price of $20 or less.

2016 No Tax Weekends

Oklahoma Back to School Tax Free WeekendOK Tax Free Days: items of clothing and footwear (not accessories, rentals, or special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic or protective use) with sales price of less than $100.

South Carolina Sales Tax HolidaySC Tax Holiday Dates details: clothing (not rentals), clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers, printer supplies, computer software, bath wash clothes, bed linens, pillows, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs.

Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday – TN just voted to change the dates of their sales tax holiday, click here for details.: clothing (not accessories), school supplies, and school art supplies with sales price of $100 or less per item; computers with sales price of $1,500 or less per item.

Texas Sales Tax Holidays

Texas Energy Star Holiday – Date Available Here. the following Energy Star products: air conditioners (sales price up to $6,000), clothes washers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, incandescent or fluorescent lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, and refrigerators (sales price up to $2,000).

Texas Back To School Holiday Get the date here. clothing and footwear (not accessories, athletic, protective, or rentals), school supplies, and school backpacks with sales price of less than More information

Virginia Sales Tax HolidayDate Available Here. clothing and footwear with selling price of $100 or less per item, and school supplies with selling price of $20 or less per item; portable generators with selling price of $1,000 or less and other hurricane preparedness items with selling price of $60 or less (expires on July 1, 2017); noncommercial purchases of Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products with a sales price of $2,500 or less per item (expires on July 1, 2017).

States with No Sales Tax Holidays in 2016

States not participating in Sales Tax Holidays are Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts. Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York. North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Check out our post on states with no sales tax.

How should I handle my online sales during sales tax holidays?

Online sellers should not collect sales tax on tax exempt items during each state’s sales tax holidays. Amazon will turn off sales tax collection for you for items coded as school supplies during sales tax holidays. Amazon Sales Tax Holiday doesn’t normally collect sales tax on most items unless you live in certain states.

2016 No Tax Weekend – Tax Exempt Weekend – Sales Tax Holiday – Tax Free Day 2016

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