Will Your State Have a Tax-Free Return-to-School Weekend in 2020?

Even in normal times, school supplies were often long and oddly specific (five orange pocket folders?). But this year they are long and strangely specific, and we must also spend money on creating distance learning spaces in our homes, because even if our children return to classrooms in the fall, we know that it is only a matter of time before everything turns off again. … This is my depressing way of saying you should check to see if your state has tax-free holidays this year that can help you reduce the impact of some of these costs.

Each year, Krazy Coupon Lady kindly lists the states that participate in these tax holidays. 16 states are offering some form of tax-free weekend this year, although if you’re in Alabama or Mississippi, you’ve already missed yours (sorry!).

Here is a complete list of participating states :

  • Arkansas: August 1-2
  • Connecticut: August 19-21.
  • Florida: August 7-9.
  • Iowa: Aug 7-8.
  • Maryland: August 9-15.
  • Massachusetts: August 29-30.
  • Missouri: August 7-9.
  • New Mexico: August 8-9.
  • Ohio: August 7-9.
  • Oklahoma: August 7-9.
  • South Carolina: August 7-9.
  • Tennessee: July 31 – Aug 2
  • Texas: August 7-9.
  • Virginia: August 7-9

Keep in mind that each state has its own tax-free categories and regulations governing what qualifies and what doesn’t. Some states only waive taxes on clothing and footwear, while others include items such as computers, backpacks, and school supplies. Some have maximum spending limits and / or allow deferrals, and some do not.

The Krazy Coupon Lady gives us all the basic information in this chart and includes links to the revenue department of each member state where you can find more specific information.


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