These states have tax-free back-to-school purchases

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As inflation hits a more than 40-year high, two more states are joining this year to help parents get their kids back to school with tax exemptions.

A total of 19 states this year, including newcomers Connecticut and New Jersey, have had or are planning days when parents can shop and skip or pay reduced sales tax on back-to-school items. Studies have shown that children are less likely to stay engaged in school without proper school supplies.

“For students whose families cannot afford supplies, coming to school unprepared can create social and emotional challenges, in addition to placing children at a learning disadvantage,” Teach for America, an organization that fights for equity in education, in a 2019 report.

Below is a list of participating states and what is tax exempt, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. Rules and dates vary by state, so check the state’s website for the most up-to-date information. In some cases, local taxes may also apply.

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July 15 to 17

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item
  • Computers: $750 or less per item
  • School supplies: up to $50 per item
  • Books: up to $30 each

August 6 and 7

  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item
  • Clothing accessory or equipment: $50 or less per item
  • School supplies
  • Electronic devices, school art supplies, school teaching materials

August 21 to 27

  • Clothing and shoes, but no sportswear: $100 or less per item

July 25 to August 7

  • Clothing, shoes and some accessories: $100 or less per item
  • Some school supplies: $50 or less per item
  • Learning aids and puzzles: $30 or less per item
  • Personal computers and certain computer accessories: $1,500 or less per item, when purchased for household or personal non-commercial use
  • Children’s books: May 14 to August 14

August 5 to 14

Reduced tax rate of 1.25%

  • Clothing & school supplies
  • Eligible clothing and footwear: $125 or less per item

August 5 to 6

  • Clothes or shoes: less than $100 per item

August 14 to 20

  • Clothing and shoes: $100 or less
  • Backpack/schoolbags: the first $40

August 13 and 14.

  • Items for personal use: $2,500 or less per item

July 29 and 30

  • Clothing, shoes or school supplies: less than $100 per item

August 5 to 7

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item
  • Personal computers and computer peripherals: $1,500 or less per item
  • School supplies: $50 or less.
  • Graphing calculators: $150 or less
  • Computer software: $350 or less.

August 27 to Sept.

  • School/art supplies
  • Instructional material
  • Computers: $3,000 or less per item
  • School computer supplies: $1,000 or less per item
  • Sports or leisure equipment

August 5 to 7

  • Clothing or footwear: $100 or less per item
  • Desktops, laptops, tablets or notebooks: $1,000 or less per item
  • Related Computer Hardware: $500 or less per item
  • School supplies for use in standard general education classrooms: $30 or less per item

August 5 to 7

  • Clothing: $75 or less per item
  • School supplies: $20 or less per item
  • School materials: $20 or less per item

August 5 to 7

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item

August 5 to 7

  • Clothes and accessories
  • Shoe
  • School supplies used for school homework
  • Computers, software and printers
  • Some bed and bath supplies

July 29 to July 31

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item
  • School and art supplies (such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist brushes): $100 or less per item ,
  • Computers for personal use: $1,500 or less per item
  • Laptops and tablets: $1,500 or less per item

August 5 to 7

  • Clothing, shoes, school supplies and backpacks: less than $100 per item

August 5 to 7

  • School supplies: $20 or less per item
  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item

August 5 to 8

  • Clothing: $125 or less per item
  • School supplies: $50 or less per item
  • School instruction materials: $20 or less per item
  • Laptops and tablets: $500 or less per item
  • Sports equipment: $150 or less per item

Medora Lee is a money, markets and personal finance reporter at USA TODAY. You can reach her at mjlee@usatoday.com and sign up for our free Daily Money newsletter for personal finance tips and business news Monday through Friday mornings.

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