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With back-to-school approaching, more than a dozen states will offer days of tax-free shopping on clothing, and sometimes more.

Anybody can take advantage of the savings -- all clothing qualifies for the sales tax exemption, and if your state's tax holiday includes computers, you don't have to be a parent to buy one without sales tax.

Stores like Target often plan sales around the holidays, to help sweeten your savings. The sales tax breaks typically extend to online shopping, too.

Here are the states holding tax holidays, starting with the earliest.


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When: July 20-22

During Alabama's tax holiday, the state's 4% sales tax won't apply to articles of clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies costing $50 or less, or any bound books with a selling price of $30 or under.

And here's the best deal: Alabama consumers will pay no sales tax on purchases of computers or computer supplies (including printers) totaling $750 or less.

Officials say shoppers might still have to pay local sales tax during the holiday period.


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When: July 27-28

Shoppers hitting stores in Mississippi get a two-day holiday from sales tax on clothing or footwear items with prices that are less than $100.

The state's Department of Revenue says that while belts and hats qualify as clothing, the tax break does not extend to skis, swim fins or roller blades.

Mississippians normally pay state and local sales taxes averaging 7.07%, says the Tax Foundation.


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When: July 27-29

The back-to-school tax holiday in Tennessee makes clothing, shoes, school supplies (including backpacks) and art supply items tax-free if the price is $100 or less.

You also pay no tax on computers or tablets costing up to $1,500.

Remember to make your back-to-school savings even better by paying with a cash-back credit card. The average sales tax in Tennessee is ordinarily 9.46%.


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When: Aug. 1-5

In Wisconsin — where sales taxes average 5.42% — shoppers get four full days of tax savings on clothing items and school supplies that cost $75 or less.

Families will want to stock up for the next cold Wisconsin winter because the list of tax-exempt items includes scarves, earmuffs and mittens. Wedding dresses, aprons, athletic supporters and diapers also will be tax-free.

And, the state's tax holiday means no sales tax on computers or tablets priced up to $750, and no tax on computer supplies — including printers and personal digital assistants — that cost $250 or under.


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When: Aug. 3-4

The Hawkeye State's tax holiday gives Iowa shoppers two days of relief from paying sales tax on clothing and footwear items that cost less than $100.

"Clothing and footwear" does not include umbrellas, handkerchiefs, jewelry or specialty athletic shoes you wouldn't wear out on the street. There's no tax break on that stuff.

And, if you're buying shoes that cost $120, officials say you can't claim you've really got two $60 items and hope to avoid the sales tax. Iowa's usual sales tax is an average 6.8%.


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When: Aug. 3-5

In Florida, back-to-school shoppers get three days of sales tax savings, though the tax breaks aren't quite as generous as in other states.

Clothing, accessories and shoes priced at up to $60 will be tax-free. "Accessories" include handbags, bibs, hunting vests, bicycle helmets and receiving blankets. "Shoes" include slippers and bowling shoes.

The Sunshine State tax holiday also means no sales tax on individual school supplies selling for $15 or less. Floridians normally pay sales taxes averaging 6.8%


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When: Aug. 3-5

The back-to-school sales tax holiday in Missouri offers tax-free shopping when you buy clothing items that cost $100 or under, or make school supply purchases of up to $50.

But the savings don't stop there. You also will pay no tax on personal computers or peripheral items (like printers) costing up to $1,500 each, or on software valued at $350 or less.

Note that some Missouri cities or counties may opt not to participate in the holiday. (Humbug!) The usual state and local sales taxes in Missouri add up to an average 8.03%.

New Mexico

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When: Aug. 3-5

New Mexico gives a three-day sales tax break on clothing and shoes priced at less than $100, and on standard school supply items that cost less than $30 each.

The tax holiday also means no sales tax on desktop, laptop, tablet or notebook computers costing under $1,000.

If you're buying computer equipment — including a printer, hard drive or motherboard — you pay no tax if the price is under $500. The holiday "bonanza, as the state calls it, spares New Mexicans from sales taxes averaging 7.66%


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When: Aug. 3-5

Ohioans are getting an opportunity to do some tax-free "retail thereapy" to help them get over losing LeBron James — again.

The Buckeye State's holiday weekend gives a sales tax break on clothing items priced at $75 or less, and on school supplies and textbooks that cost $20 or less.

Ohioans ordinarily pay sales taxes averaging 7.15%, reports the Tax Foundation.


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When: Aug. 3-5

In Oklahoma, the three-day tax holiday means no state or local sales taxes on clothing and footwear items priced at less than $100.

Goods included in the tax break include: diapers; belts; costumes; slippers; wedding gowns and tuxes; bathing suits; and uniforms.

The usual sales taxes in Oklahoma average out to 8.91%.

South Carolina

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When: Aug. 3-5

South Carolina offers one of best back-to-school deals around.

The state's three-day tax holiday suspends sales taxes on clothing, accessories, clothing and computers — regardless of the price. The tax break even extends to bed and bath items, including bed sheets, towels and shower curtains.

You don't pay state and local sales taxes that normally average 7.37%. South Carolina's Department of Revenue says in past years, holiday weekend shoppers have saved up to $3 million.


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When: Aug. 3-5

Virginia's three-day sales tax holiday offers deals on not only back-to-school items but also hurricane preparedness gear, and energy- and water-saving appliances.

You pay no tax on clothing or shoes priced at $100 or less, or on individual school supplies that cost $20 or less.

Average 5.63% sales taxes also are suspended if you buy:

  • Portable generators costing $1,000 or less
  • Gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or under
  • Other hurricane supplies that cost $60 or less
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products for the home costing $2,500 or under


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When: Aug. 4-5

Arkansas offers two days free of sales taxes on clothing items priced under $100 and "clothing accessories" (including handbags, briefcases, wallets, umbrellas and jewelry) that cost less than $50.

Shoppers also pay no tax on school supplies or instructional materials, including text books and reference books. The normal sales tax is an average 9.41%

Before you plan your back-to-school shopping trip, make sure you've got the right credit card for your spending habits.


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When: Aug. 10-12

Texas gives shoppers a three-day break from sales taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced at less than $100.

But the state says athletic shoes and protective gear that you wouldn't wear off the field — including golf cleats and football pads — are not tax-exempt.

The usual sales taxes paid in Texas add up to an average 8.17%.


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When: Aug. 12-18

Maryland's tax-free period lasts a week and offers tax savings when you buy clothes or shoes that cost $100 or less.

Items exempted from the usual 6% sales tax statewide include diapers, costumes, martial arts attire, pajamas, bathrobes, chef's uniforms, hunting vests and pants, and even antique clothing.

Buying a book bag or backpack in Maryland? The first $40 of that purchase is tax-free, too.


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When: Aug. 19-25

Connecticut's back-to-school tax holiday is last — but not least.

The Federation of Tax Administrators says the Nutmeg State will give shoppers a weeklong break from sales taxes on purchases of clothing or footwear priced at less than $100.

Connecticut's normal state sales tax is 6.35%. There are no local sales taxes.