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
Nadine joined IBTimes in July 2011 and is the editor of the Continuous News Desk, which covers trending news. She writes about retail, the fashion industry and pop culture...