When to shop in Texas, Massachusetts and Maryland

When to shop in Texas, Massachusetts and Maryland


With the summer more than halfway done, parents everywhere have one thing on their minds: back-to-school shopping.

The back-to-school shopping spree continues.

Three more states – Texas, Maryland and Massachusetts – will offer residents a tax break in time for the new school year.

Texas is up first and will hold a three-day holiday Friday through Sunday. This is the third tax holiday of the year for the Lone Star State, which had a hurricane supply holiday in April and an appliance holiday in May.

The round of sales tax holidays, also known as tax-free weekends, comes less than a week after 10 states offered similar savings. Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin held their holidays earlier this month.

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Massachusetts’ holiday is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and is a tax break on the first $2,500 of most purchases. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the state’s economic development bill Friday, hours ahead of the holiday.

Maryland shoppers have a whole week to shop tax-free starting Sunday and running through Aug. 18. Connecticut starts its week-long holiday Aug. 19.

Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon don’t need a sales tax holiday to help get ready for the new school year. These states don’t have a state sales tax rate.


Budgeting for back to school season could save you a lot of money in the short run and set an example for your children in the long run.

Sales tax holidays


Dates: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12

State tax rate: 6.25 percent

What’s tax-free: Clothing, backpacks and school supplies, less than $100

Exclusions: Accessories, athletic equipment, protective equipment, computers, software and textbooks.

Full list: https://comptroller.texas.gov


Dates: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12

State tax rate: 6.25 percent

What’s tax-free: Almost everything.

Exclusions: Tobacco or marijuana products, gas, electricity, cars, boats, meals and items costing more than $2,500. In Massachusetts, there is no sales tax on clothes under $175. 

More info: The state legislature approved the holiday on Aug. 1 and Gov. Charlie Baker signed the state economic development bill approving the holiday Friday.

Draft list: www.mass.gov


Dates: Sunday through Aug. 18

State tax rate: 6 percent

What’s tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear, up to $100
  • First $40 of a backpack or bookbag purchase

Exclusions: Accessories, sports equipment, protective equipment and sewing materials.

Full list: http://taxes.marylandtaxes.gov


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Dates: Aug. 19-25

State tax rate: 6.35 percent

What’s tax-free: Clothing and footwear, less than $100

Exclusions: Sports uniforms, safety apparel and clothing accessories.

Full list: www.ct.gov/drs

Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at kelly.tyko@tcpalm.com. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest

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