Tax Free Weekend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

This is tax-free weekend in many states. This means that shoppers will be able to buy items without having to pay sales tax. The exact rules for tax free weekend vary from state to state, with some states being more lenient in terms of what items qualify

This is tax-free weekend for many states. (Getty)

This is tax-free weekend in many states. This means that shoppers will be able to buy items without having to pay sales tax. The exact rules for tax free weekend vary from state to state, with some states being more lenient in terms of what items qualify for the tax-free specials. Most states offer a tax free holiday so parents can buy back-to-school items at prices a little cheaper than normal — but the sales definitely aren’t limited to back-to-school items only. We’re including tips below to help you get the most out of tax free weekend.

Here’s what you need to know.

Twelves States Are Participating This Weekend

Twelves States Are Participating This Weekend A sale at a department store in Manhattan. Some stores are offering special sales for tax-free weekend. (Getty)

Only 12 states are participating in the tax free holiday this weekend, through Sunday, August 7, according to International Business Times. The participating states are:

Alabama: Aug. 5-7 (Note: Not all counties are participating. See if yours is on this list.)

Arkansas: Aug. 6-7

Florida: Aug. 5-7

Iowa: Aug. 5-6

Louisiana: Aug. 5-6

Massachusetts: Aug. 5-6

Missouri: Aug. 5-7 (Note: Not every city, county, and district is participating. See here for more information.)

New Mexico: Aug. 5-7

Ohio: Aug. 5-7

Oklahoma: Aug. 5-7

South Carolina: Aug. 5-7

Texas: Aug. 5-7

Virginia: Aug. 5-7

States that are having tax-free weekend later are Connecticut (Aug. 21-27) and Maryland (Aug. 14-20). Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee already had their tax-free weekend. Meanwhile, Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, and Delaware never have state sales tax, so they have no need to participate in tax-free weekend.

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