Get the Most Out of Tax Free Weekend 2018

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

Tax-free deals are not just for back-to-school. There’s no reason you can’t use Tax Free Weekend 2018 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. To help you figure out what you might want to stock up on and when, we prepared a quick guide to help you get the most out of Tax Free Weekend 2018. 


Get the Most Out of Tax Free Weekend 2018

Each year, 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 2018 Schedule

Wisconsin August
Clothing & School Supplies Under $75

Computer supplies under $250

Computers under $750

Iowa August
Clothing & footwear under $100

(excludes certain accessories & athletic footwear)

South Carolina August
Clothing, accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and select bedding
New Mexico August
Clothing, footwear & accessories under $100

Computers under $1,000

Computer equipment under $500

School supplies under $30

Virginia August
Clothing under $100

School supplies under $20

Missouri August
Clothing & footwear under $100

Computers under $1,500

School supplies under $50

Graphing calculators under $150

Florida August
Clothing, footwear, & accessories under $60

School supplies under $15

Ohio August
Clothing under $75

School supplies under $20

Oklahoma August
Clothing under $100
Arkansas August
Clothing & footwear under $100

Clothing accessories under $50

Select school supplies & instructional materials

Texas August
Clothing, footwear, school supplies, & backpacks under $100
Maryland August
Clothing & footwear under $100

The first $40 of a backpack purchase

Connecticut August
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. 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. 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 sport 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 deals!

Tax Free Weekend 2018 ShoppingShop Til You Drop!

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 2018 sales! 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, 1099s, W-2s, ACA Forms, and more. Create your free account today and shop till you drop! 



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