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Every State That Offers a Sales Tax Free Weekend in 2014

Tax holidays are ideal for back-to-school shoppers who need new clothes or supplies, while anyone who wants to upgrade to a new computer can avoid a hefty sales tax fee.

Around this time of year is when states start celebrating "tax holidays," or tax free weekends in which sales tax is withheld from select purchases. Not all states offer this perk, but the ones that do tend to slot it into the early- to mid-August period.

Tax free shipping is often linked to back-to-school shopping because of the timing, but also because of the types of items that are usually included; although it varies from state to state, most deem clothing, footwear, and school supplies to be eligible purchases. If you pair this tax break to an excellent back-to-school sale, then you'll be well off for savings in the new year.

But parents aren't the only ones to benefit from a tax free week. Computers and accessories are frequently also eligible for the promotion, which means anyone looking to upgrade their tech might be able to avoid a hefty sales tax fee.

Keep in mind however that exclusions within categories often apply, and most of the 16 participating states institute a maximum purchase limit depending on the category.

When Is Tax Free Weekend and What Does it Apply to?

State Dates Eligible Items / Max Cost
Alabama August 1 - 3 Clothing: $100
Computers: $750
School supplies: $50
Books: $30
Arkansas August 2 -3 School supplies: No limit
Clothing: $100
Clothing accessories: $50
Connecticut August 17 - 23 Clothing and footwear: $300
Florida August 1 - 3 School supplies: $15
Clothing: $100
Computers: $750
Georgia August 1 - 2 Clothing: $100
School supplies: $20
Computers: $1,000
Iowa August 1 - 2 Clothing and footwear: $100
Louisiana August 1 - 2 "Tangible personal property": $2,500
Maryland August 10 - 16 Clothing and footwear: $100
Mississippi July 25 - 26 Clothing and footwear: $100
Missouri August 1 - 3 Clothing: $100
School supplies: $50
Computers: $3,500
Computer software: $350
Computer peripherals: $3,500
New Mexico August 2 - 4 School supplies: $30
Clothing: $100
Computers: $1,000
Computer equipment: $500
Oklahoma August 1 - 3 Clothing: $100
South Carolina August 2 - 4 Clothing and accessories: No limit
School supplies: No limit
Computers and accessories: No limit
Bed and bath items: No limit
Tennessee August 1 - 3 Clothing: $100
School supplies: $100
Computers: $1,500
Texas August 8 - 10 Clothing and footwear: $100
Backpacks: $100
School supplies: $100
Virginia August 1 - 3 Clothing and footwear: $100
School supplies: $20

Readers, have any of you made some savvy purchases during a tax free weekend? Did you save a lot, or a small amount? Was it worth waiting for? Let us know in the comments below.

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Massachusetts tax free weekend is on 16 and 17 Aug, and it's good for purchases up to $2500. Neither clothes nor food is taxed in Massachusetts so they are not effected, The meals tax of 6.25% and other local meals taxes will be collected in restaurants as usual, however.