‘Tis the season again when many states offer sales tax holidays. Many of these holidays are in association with either back-to-school or severe weather preparedness. Reflected below is a listing of the various sales tax holidays that are coming up. There have been some significant changes in the sales tax holidays. Some states that had a sales tax holiday in the past are not offering one during 2016 or have shortened the period or what is covered by the holiday. We want to address in more detail the specifics of Ohio’s and Florida’s sales tax holidays.
Ohio: This is the second sales tax holiday that the state of Ohio has offered. The Ohio sales tax holiday is very similar to the holiday last year. Items of clothing costing $75 or less are exempt, and school supplies costing less than $25 are exempt during the sales tax holiday. The 2016 holiday will run from 12:00 a.m. on August 5 through 11:59 p.m. on August 7.
Florida: The sales tax holiday in Florida has changed slightly from holidays conducted in prior years. In the past, Florida has had many different sales tax holidays covering different items. However, for 2016, the state is only offering the back-to-school holiday. Like Ohio, it also runs from August 5 to August 7. Also, in the past, Florida would exempt the first $750 of the purchase of a personal computer from sales tax; this provision has been removed from the 2016 sales tax holiday. Again, the 2016 holiday is purely for clothing and school supplies. Additionally, this year’s Florida sales tax holiday only lasts a weekend; in the past, it lasted for several weeks.
|State||Type||2016 Dates||Information Links|
|Alabama||Severe Weather Preparedness||February 26 - 28||Link|
|Alabama||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7||Link|
|Arkansas||Back-to-School||August 6 - 7||Link|
|Connecticut||Back-to-School||August 21 - 27|
|Florida||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7|
|Georgia||Back-to-School||July 30 - 31||Link|
|Georgia||Energy||September 30 - October 2||Link|
|Iowa||Back-to-School||August 5 - 6||Link|
|Louisiana||General Sales Tax Holiday||August 5 - 6|
|Louisiana||Second Sales Tax Holiday||September 2 - 4|
|Maryland||Energy Tax Holiday||February 13 - 15||Link|
|Maryland||Tax Free Weekend||August 14 - 20||Link|
|Mississippi||Sales Tax Holiday||July 29 - 30|
|Mississippi||Second Sales Tax Holiday||August 26 - 28|
|Missouri||Go Green||April 19 - 25||Link|
|Missouri||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7||Link|
|New Mexico||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7|
|Ohio||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7||Link|
|Oklahoma||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7||Link|
|South Carolina||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7|
|Tennessee||Back-to-School||July 29 - 31||Link|
|Texas||Energy Efficient Products||May 28 - 30||Link|
|Texas||Water Efficient Products||April 22 - 24||Link|
|Texas||Emergency Preparedness||April 22 - 24||Link|
|Texas||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7||Link|
|Virginia||Back-to-School||August 5 - 7||Link|
|Virginia||Energy Star||August 5 - 7||Link|
|Virginia||Water Sense||August 5 - 7||Link|
If you have specific questions about tax holidays, please contact Mary Jo Dolson at 888-201-4484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.