Tax Free Weekend 2013: What’s Eligible To Buy, Dates And List Of States Offering No Sales Tax

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on August 02 2013 11:52 AM
Tax Free Weekend 2013
A list of 12 states in the U.S. will be celebrating tax free weekend, a holiday where no sales tax is tacked onto purchases for eligible items, from Aug. 2-4. Reuters

From Aug. 2-4, several states will participate in tax-free weekend, a holiday where no sales tax is tacked onto purchases for eligible items.

This weekend, 12 states -- along with the five without sales taxes -- won't impose sales tax on specified items during the tax-exempt promotion. Consumers will find deals at participating stores on such items as back-to-school supplies, clothing, shoes and computers, according to several states' tax department websites. No coupons or rebates are needed, sales tax will be automatically deducted from purchases.

Tax Free Weekend is an annual tradition generally held in the first two weekends in August to promote back-to-school shopping before September. Some states only hold the holiday on Saturday and Sunday, while others include Friday.

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will participate beginning Aug. 3. Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland and Texas will hold their promotions on different dates. Mississippi already held its promotion on July 26 and 27. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon don't impose sales tax. The other 45 states and the District of Columbia impose sales tax ranging from as low as 2 percent up to nearly 12 percent on goods.

Here's a list of participating states this weekend as well as dates and items eligible for the tax exemptions. Check out International Business Times’ guide to participating states and to learn more about the holiday.  Visit your state’s Department of Revenue website to review qualifying purchases. Stores will generally begin offering tax-free items at 12:01 a.m.

Alabama: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies, books

Arkansas: Aug. 3-4; clothing, school supplies

Florida: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies

Iowa: Aug. 2-3; clothing

Louisiana: Aug. 2-3; all TPP (tangible personal property)

Missouri: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies

New Mexico: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies, computer equipment

North Carolina: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies, sporting equipment

Oklahoma: Aug. 2-4; clothing

South Carolina: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies and more

Tennessee: Aug. 2-4; clothing, computers, school supplies

Virginia: Aug. 2-4; clothing and school supplies

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