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When are the sales tax holidays in 2017?

by Jennifer Dunn

Sales Tax Free Weekends 2017

List of All Sales Tax Holidays in 2017

This list was last updated April 3, 2017

Alabama Sales Tax Holidays 2017

In Alabama, local areas can elect whether or not to participate in sales tax holidays. Click here for a list of Alabama cities and counties that have opted in to the 2017 sales tax holidays.

February 24-26, 2017  – Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

  • Severe weather preparedness items costing $60 or less are not taxable during the sales tax holiday
  • Two exceptions are portable generators and power cords used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage – these items are tax exempt during the holiday as long as they cost $1,000 or less

July 21-23, 2017 – Alabama Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per item is not taxable during the sales tax holiday; the holiday excludes clothing items considered accessories or protective/recreational equipment
  • Single purchases of computers, computer software, and school computer equipment costing less than $750 are not taxable
  • Noncommercial purchases of school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials with a sales price of $50 or less per item are not taxable
  • Noncommercial book purchases with a sales price of $30 or less per book are not taxable

Arkansas Sales Tax Holidays 2017

August 5-6, 2017 – Arkansas Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing under $100 per item is not taxable during the sales tax holiday
  • Clothing accessories or equipment, school art supplies, school instructional materials and school supplies under $50 per item are not taxable during the holiday

Connecticut Sales Tax Holidays 2017

August 20-26, 2017 – Connecticut Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Most clothing and footwear that costs less than $300 per item is not taxable during the holiday; however the sales tax holiday excludes athletic or protective clothing or footwear, jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and “similar items”

Iowa Sales Tax Holidays 2017

August 4-5, 2017 – Iowa Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing and footwear with a sale price of less than $100 is not taxable during the holiday; However the sales tax holiday excludes accessories, clothing rentals, athletic and protective clothing

Louisiana Sales Tax Holidays 2017

May 27-28, 2017 – Louisiana Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

  • The first $1500 of the sales price of hurricane preparedness items is not taxable during the holiday. This excludes items purchased at airports, hotels, convenience stores, or entertainment complexes.

August 4-5, 2017 

  • The first $2500 of all noncommercial purchases (excluding leases) of items of tangible personal property is not taxable during the holiday. This excludes vehicles or meals.
  • The sales tax holiday also does not include local taxes. However, St. Charles Parish will waive it’s Louisiana sales tax during the same weekend.

Sept 1-3 – Firearms and Ammunition Sales Tax Holiday

  • Noncommercial purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies are not taxable during the holiday.
  • Excludes the purchases of animals for the use of hunting

Maryland Sales Tax Holidays 2017

February 18-20, 2017 – Maryland Energy Efficiency Sales Tax Holiday

  • Energy Star products and water heaters are not taxable

August 13-19, 2017 – Maryland Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing and footwear less with a sale price of $100 or less are not taxable, and the first $40 of the sell price of any backpack or bookbag is non-taxable.

Mississippi Sales Tax Holidays 2017

July 28-29, 2017 – Mississippi Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing or footwear with a sales price of under $100 per item are not taxable; excludes accessories, rentals, skis, swim fins or skates

August 25-27, 2017 – Mississippi Firearms and Ammunition Sales Tax Holiday

  • Firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies, including archery equipment are non-taxable

Missouri Sales Tax Holidays 2017

April 19-25, 2017 – Energy Efficiency Sales Tax Holiday

  • Retail sales of Energy Star certified new appliances up to $1500 per appliance are not taxable

August 4-6, 2017 – Missouri Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Noncommercial purchases of clothing with a taxable value of $100 or less per item are not taxable; This excludes accessories
  • School supplies up to $50 per purchase is not taxable
  • Computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less is not taxable
  • Personal computers and computer peripherals up to $1500 are not taxable
  • Graphing calculators with a taxable value of $150 or less are not taxable

Localities may opt-out of the Missouri Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. If less than 2% of a Missouri retailer’s merchandise qualifies for the sales tax holiday, then the retailer must offer a tax refund in lieu of a tax holiday.


New Mexico Sales Tax Holidays 2017

August 4-6, 2017 – New Mexico Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Footwear and clothing with a sales price of less than $100 per item; Excludes accessories and athletic or protective clothing
  • School supplies with a sales price of less than $30 per item are not taxable
  • Computers with a sales price of $1000 or less per item are not taxable
  • Computer peripherals with a sales price of $500 or less per item are not taxable
  • Book bags, backpacks, maps and globes with a sales price of less than $100 per item are not taxable
  • Handheld calculators with a sales price of less than $200 per item are not taxable

Oklahoma Sales Tax Holidays 2017

August 4-6, 2017 – Oklahoma Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Articles of clothing “designed to be worn on or about the human body” with a sales price of less than $100 are tax exempt; Excludes accessories, rentals, athletic clothing and protective clothing

South Carolina Sales Tax Holidays 2017

August 4-6, 2017 – South Carolina Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing and clothing accessories and footwear are not taxable; Excludes rentals
  • School supplies are not taxable
  • Computers, printers, printer supplies, and computer software are not taxable
  • Bath wash cloths, bed linens, pillows, bath towels, shower curtains and bath rugs are not taxable

Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays 2017

July 28-30, 2017 – Tennessee Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing with a sales price of less than $100 is not taxable; Excludes accessories
  • School supplies and school art supplies with a sales price of $100 or less per item are not taxable
  • Computers with a sales price of $1500 or less per item are not taxable

Texas Sales Tax Holidays 2017

April 22-24, 2017 – Texas Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

  • Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve perishable food in the event of a power outage, up to $3000 per item are not taxable
  • Storm protection devices specifically rated and marked to protect windows with a sales price of less than $300 are not taxable
  • Emergency or rescue ladders with a sales price of $300 or less are not taxable
  • Reusable or artificial ice, portable, self-powered light sources, gasoline or diesel fuel containers, batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries), non-electric coolers or ice chests for food storage, tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting, a ground anchor system or tie-down kit, mobile telephone batteries or battery chargers, portable self-powered radios (including two-way radios or weatherband radios), non-electric can openers with a sales price of $75 or less are not taxable
  • Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors with a sales price of $75 or less are not taxable
  • Hatches or axes with a sales price of $75 or less are not taxable
  • Self-contained first aid kits with a sales price of $75 or less are not taxable

May 27-29, 2017 – Texas Energy Efficiency Sales Tax Holiday

  • Energy Star air conditioners with a sales price up to $6,000 are not taxable
  • Energy Star clothes washers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, incandescent or fluorescent lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, and refrigerators with a sales price of up to $2000

August 11-13, 2017 – Texas Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Clothing and footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per item are not taxable; Excludes accessories, rentals, and athletic or protective clothing.
  • School supplies and school backpacks with a sales price of less than $100 per item are not taxable

States with No Sales Tax Holidays in 2017

The following states are not, as of this writing, participating in sales tax holidays this year. Keep in mind that sales tax holiday participation is subject to change and we’ll update this list if a state announces a sales tax holiday for 2017.

Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia (Washington D.C), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

What Should Online Sellers Do About Sales Tax Holidays?

In most cases, online seller should try to honor sales tax holidays. Exceptions include when states allow retailers or certain localities to opt-out of sales tax holidays. In this case, it’s your decision whether or not you honor sales tax holidays. As a matter of sales strategy, it’s a good idea to participate. Customers will generally be on the lookout for tax-free deals over the holiday. But, as you’ll see, some online platforms make it difficult to stop collecting sales tax on certain items over certain time periods.

Amazon Sales Tax Collection and Sales Tax Holidays

Amazon honors sales tax holidays on school supplies and will automatically turn off sales tax collection on certain items during sales tax holidays. This is provided that you’ve correctly set your item’s product tax codes.

For example, products with the product tax code “A_SCHL_SUPPLS” won’t be taxed during sales tax holidays in states with a “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday.”

This is one of many reasons why it’s so important to ensure that your Product Tax Codes are set up correctly on Amazon. You can read a guide to Amazon Product Tax Codes here.

Sales Tax Holidays and Your eCommerce Store

Run your own shopping cart or marketplace? The TaxJar SmartCalcs Sales Tax API honors sales tax holidays. Just set your product codes and we’ll make sure you’re not charging sales tax on non-taxable products during sales tax holidays in 2017. Take the TaxJar SmartCalcs Sales Tax API for a free test drive today!

While we strive to keep this list of 2017 sales tax holidays up to date, keep in mind that sometimes states approve sales tax holidays mid-year. If you notice a missing sales tax holiday, let us know in the comments!

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