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The Return of Sales Tax Holidays

‘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.

StateType2016 DatesInformation Links
AlabamaSevere Weather PreparednessFebruary 26 - 28Link
AlabamaBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7Link
ArkansasBack-to-SchoolAugust 6 - 7Link
ConnecticutBack-to-SchoolAugust 21 - 27
FloridaBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7
GeorgiaBack-to-SchoolJuly 30 - 31Link
GeorgiaEnergySeptember 30 - October 2Link
IowaBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 6Link
LouisianaGeneral Sales Tax HolidayAugust 5 - 6
LouisianaSecond Sales Tax HolidaySeptember 2 - 4
MarylandEnergy Tax HolidayFebruary 13 - 15Link
MarylandTax Free WeekendAugust 14 - 20Link
MississippiSales Tax HolidayJuly 29 - 30
MississippiSecond Sales Tax HolidayAugust 26 - 28
MissouriGo GreenApril 19 - 25Link
MissouriBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7Link
New MexicoBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7
OhioBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7 Link
OklahomaBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7 Link
South CarolinaBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7
TennesseeBack-to-SchoolJuly 29 - 31Link
TexasEnergy Efficient ProductsMay 28 - 30Link
TexasWater Efficient ProductsApril 22 - 24Link
TexasEmergency PreparednessApril 22 - 24Link
TexasBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7Link
VirginiaBack-to-SchoolAugust 5 - 7Link
VirginiaEnergy StarAugust 5 - 7Link
VirginiaWater SenseAugust 5 - 7Link

If you have specific questions about tax holidays, please contact Mary Jo Dolson at 888-201-4484 or mdolson@skodaminotti.com.

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