Aside from the price caps on tax-free items, other rules may apply. Some states prohibit the use of coupons on goods covered by the tax-free umbrella; check the web page for your state here to see if this restriction applies. Tax-free days typically exclude services like haircuts and dry cleaning and focus more on tangible goods. You also don't have to select or take possession of the things you want to buy during the tax-free holiday; items you already had put on layaway or want shipped to you still qualify -- as long as you actually pay for the item(s) on a tax-free day, you're good.
Several states give consumers a break with more than one tax-free day during the year. Louisiana has two additional holidays: September 2-4 for hunting supplies, firearms, and ammunition, and May 28-29 for hurricane-preparedness purchases up to $1,500. Missouri stages an entire tax-free week, April 19-25, when residents can save sales taxes on Energy Star products costing $1,500 or less. A similar program in Virginia, which caps purchases at $2,500, runs from October 7-10; tax savings on hurricane-preparedness purchases and generators are available between May 25 and 31. Texas has tax-free shopping August 19-21 for clothing and school supplies and May 28-30 for Energy Star products, including air conditioners. Tax-free days in other states: August 12-14 for Florida, August 13-14 for Massachusetts, August 14-20 and February 19-21 for Maryland, August 21-27 for Connecticut, and July 29-30 for Mississippi.So go ahead and spend a little. Give the economy a boost while keeping some of that hard-earned cash in your own pocket.