Back to School season is approaching, and we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the dedicated teachers who play a vital role in shaping young minds.
With the upcoming school year approaching, teachers, students, and families across the country are getting ready to purchase school supplies such as books, binders, pens, and pencils.
The good news is, to alleviate the financial burden, several states are offering sales tax holidays for school supplies. During these tax holidays, states temporarily remove sales tax on specific items up to a certain amount of money.
To make your back-to-school preparations easier and more affordable, we’ve put together a chart of all the states offering sales tax breaks on back to school supplies, plus compiled all the exclusive teacher discounts and deals we could find so you can save twice- just for you!
States That Offer Sales Tax Holidays, Plus Spending Limits
A sales tax holiday can save you quite a bit of money if you know when they are and how it works.
What are sales tax holidays?
Sales tax holidays take place throughout the year and cover various ‘categories’ like back-to-school, emergency and weather-preparedness, and energy-saving appliances.
Some states implement sales tax holidays as a way to provide financial relief to families, but also to stimulate consumer spending and support specific industries during crucial times of the year.
Back to School Sales Tax Holidays, By State
|State||Tax-Free Spending Limits||Sales Tax Holiday Dates|
|Alabama||No limit||July 21-23|
|Florida||Up to $1,500 (computers)||July 24-August 6|
|Mississippi||No limit||July 28-29|
|Tennessee||Up to $1,500 (computers)||July 28-30|
|Arkansas||No limit||August 5-6|
|West Virginia||N/A||August 4-7|
|South Carolina||N/A||August 4-6|
|New Mexico||N/A||August 4-6|
|New Jersey||Up to $3,000 (computers)||August 26-September 4|
|Amazon||Up to 41%-53% off back-to-school supplies|
|Up to 35% off clothing|
|Additional 20% off for Amazon Prime members on school supply orders over $50|
|Dollar General||$2 off any qualifying school supplies purchase of $10 or more through DG Digital Coupon|
|Savings available through DG Digital Coupons|
|Apple||Up to $150 Apple Gift Card with qualifying purchases|
|$100 gift card when purchasing an iPad on Apple’s online education store|
|Best Buy||Up to $400 off select laptops, tablets, and more|
|Costco||Discounts on electronics and laptops|
|Dollar Tree||Online deals on school supplies in bulk|
|Donations to Back-to-School Brigade program|
|JCPenney||Clothing deals under $20|
|$24.99 off any purchase of $25 or more with JCPenney Rewards|
|Additional deals for kids and teachers|
|Kohl’s||Back-to-school clothing and dorm essentials on sale|
|Additional discounts and rewards program|
|Michaels||20% off teacher discount through July 29th|
|Valid in-store and online on select items|
|Microsoft||Discounts on select Surface devices|
|Discounts on Microsoft 365 Personal and Office 365 Education|
|Sam’s Club||Back-to-school supplies under $15 and discounts on dorm room essentials|
|Buy one pair of youth prescription glasses, get one free|
|Staples||School supplies starting from 40 cents|
|Discounts on laptops and monitors|
|Target||School supplies and accessories starting from 25 cents|
|Deals for college students and furniture discounts|
|Walmart||Back-to-school deals on school supplies, backpacks, and more|
Happy Back to School, Teachers!
Wishing you a successful and fulfilling school year ahead! For more year-round deals, check out our Teacher Appreciation Week post.