Get the Most Out of Tax Free Weekend 2019

Small business owner shopping for Tax Free Weekend 2019You may have recently asked yourself, “Hmm..when is Tax Free Weekend 2019?”

Good news–Tax-Free Weekend 2019 dates are right around the corner!

Many assume that tax-free deals are just for parents, children, and educators. What about our beloved entrepreneurs and business owners??

There’s no reason you can’t use Tax Free Weekend 2019 to stock up for your business! It doesn’t matter if that planner is going to be for classes or for clients–supplies are supplies.

 Enjoy this complimentary quick guide to help you get the most out of Tax Free Weekend 2019. 

Get the Most Out of Tax Free Weekend 2019

Several states across the country participate in the annual Tax Free Weekend, which features tons of back to school sales on items purchased without any local or state sales tax.

It’s come to be a kind of holiday weekend, and one known for saving shoppers millions of dollars.

This sale only happens once a year, so don’t want to miss the opportunity to rack up these tax-free purchases.

Tax-Free Weekend 2019 Schedule

Alabama July
Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
Technology: Single purchases $750 or less of computers, computer software and school computer supplies
School supplies: $50 or less
Books: $30 or less
Mississippi July
  • Clothing, footwear and school supplies: Less than $100 per item
Tennessee July
  • Clothing: $100 or less
  • School supplies: $100 or less
  • Computers: $1,500 or less
Florida August
  • Clothing, footwear, and accessories: $60 or less
  • School supplies: $15 or less
  • Computers and accessories: $1,000 or less per item
Iowa August
Clothing and footwear under $100

School supplies under $20

Missouri August
  • Clothing: Up to $100
  • School supplies: Not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software: Up to $350
  • Personal computers: Up to $1,500
  • Graphing calculators: Up to $150
New Mexico August
  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • Computers: $1,000 or less
  • Computer-related items: Up to $500
  • School supplies: Less than $30
Ohio August
  • Clothing: $75 or less
  • School supplies and instructional materials: $20 or less
Oklahoma August
Clothing & footwear under $100
South Carolina August
  • Clothing: No limit
  • School supplies: No limit
  • Computers: No limit
  • Books and musical instruments: Tax-free if they are for school assignments
  • Bed and bath: No limit, includes blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, towels, etc.
Virginia August
  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • School supplies: $20 or less
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products: Portable generators up to $1,000; gas-powered chainsaws $350 or less; other specified hurricane preparedness items, $60 or less per item.
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products: $2,500 or less per item
Arkansas August
  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • Clothing accessory or equipment: Less than $50
  • Select school supplies, school art supplies and instructional materials: No limit
Texas August
  • Clothing and footwear: Less than $100
  • School supplies and backpacks: Less than $100
Maryland August
  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • Backpacks: The first $40 is tax-exempt
Massachusetts August
Almost everything that costs up to $2,500. In Massachusetts, there is no sales tax on clothes under $175 year-round.
Connecticut August 18-24 Clothing & footwear under $100

(excluding certain accessories and athletic footwear)

Now that you know when your state (or a neighboring state–it’s not like you’ll get carded) is having its tax holiday weekend, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what items are considered tax-free.

Don’t forget to save those receipts and report these purchases when filing taxes for your business using TaxBandits.

Of course, each state has their individual restrictions, but here is the big tax-free master list of items you can fill your shopping cart with.

Tax-Free Shopping Master List

Whether you are looking for supplies for your small business or stocking up on things for home and/or back-to-school, there are tons of deals you can take advantage of during tax-free weekend 2019.

Depending on your type of business or what you are looking for, you can save a few bucks on these items:

  • Antique clothing
  • Aprons
  • Athletic or sports uniforms or clothing (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads)
  • Blankets such as afghan, baby, electric and throw blankets
  • Boots, including climbing, hiking, riding, ski, waders, fishing, cowboy
  • Bow Ties
  • Caps
  • Coats, capes, and wraps
  • Computer hardware service contracts sold in conjunction with computers
  • Computer software
  • Computer software service contracts sold in conjunction with computer software
  • Computer software service contracts when the true object of the contract is to obtain computer software updates during the contract period
  • Costumes (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Coveralls
  • Daily planners or organizers when used by school children as a school supply
  • Earmuffs
  • Elastic ponytail holders
  • Fishing boots
  • Gloves, including those for batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis
  • Hair clips
  • Hand muffs
  • Hats
  • Headbands
  • Leotards and tights
  • Overshoes
  • Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs (PDAs are handheld computers used as daily planners. Please note that the exemption does not apply to cellphones with a PDA, computer applications or similar components.)
  • Printer supplies
    Note: replaceable ink cartridges used in printers are exempt from tax as “printer supplies.”
  • Printers (but replacement parts are taxable)
  • Robes
  • School supplies, including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, blue books, book bags, lunchboxes, musical instruments (but only if the musical instrument is used in the classroom or at home in relation to school assignments).

Note: Items such as refrigerators, toiletries, bicycles, and food purchased by college students are not school supplies and not exempt from the tax.

  • Shirts
  • Shoes, including ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling (taxed if rented), cleated, cross trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates, running, etc.) (rentals are taxable)
  • Sports clothing and uniforms, but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads.
  • Ties/neckwear
  • Towels of all types and sizes, including bath, beach, kitchen and sports towels. Paper towels are taxable.
  • Umbrellas

See?! We knew you wouldn’t want to miss out on these great tax-free weekend 2019 deals!

Shop Til You Drop!

Small business owners get the most out of tax free weekend 2018

As you continue to tackle the busy season for your business and enjoy the perks of summer, be sure to catch these awesome tax-free weekend 2019 sales!

REMINDER: Don’t forget to save those receipts and report these purchases when filing taxes for your business using TaxBandits.

Our simplified filing process helps you generate and e-file a variety of tax forms, including Form 941 (don’t forget about the upcoming 2nd Quarter deadline on July 31st!), 1099s, W-2s, ACA Forms, and more. Create your free account today and shop till you drop! 

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