Happy Holidays! State Sales Tax Breaks Start

by Joshua on August 9, 2010

For those that are in the market for a new Jansport backpack, a new lunchbox, or trapper keeper, now may be the perfect time to make your purchase. In many states, this month marks the start of sales tax holidays. WalletPop has kindly listed which states are offering a sales tax breaks and the dates the the sales tax holiday runs through. For many states on the list, sales tax holiday season is over. However, if you live in one of these states you are in luck.

Connecticut: From Aug. 15-21, clothing and footwear costing less than $300 per item are exempt. Store rain checks for clothing — given out to customers when an item is on back order — are also good for the tax holiday. So if something is sold out and you get a rain check for it during the tax holiday, you won’t have to pay sales tax when the item is available.

Florida: From Aug. 13-15, clothing and books costing $50 or less and school supplies of $10 or less. Items bought at a theme park such as Walt Disney World, hotels or airports are still taxable.

Illinois: Through Aug. 15, clothing, shoes and school supplies costing less than $100 each.

Maryland: From Aug. 8-14, clothing and shoes of $100 or less are exempt from sales tax.

Massachusetts: Aug. 14 and 15, most items costing $2,500 or less are exempt from the sales tax. While beer, wine and liquor bought to be consumed later are exempt from sales tax that weekend, cars, boats and tobacco products are still subject to the tax.

Texas: On Aug. 20-22, clothing, footwear and school backpacks of $100 or less per item are exempt.

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