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Tax-free holidays eliminated with new tax deal

Posted July 17, 2013

Sales tax holiday


With the new tax deal, the annual tax-free holidays for school supplies and Energy Star appliances will not continue as of 2014.  We'll still have the tax-free weekends this year.


School supply sales tax holiday August 2 - August 4: School supplies and clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per item are included in the tax-free weekend. Sports equipment and computers are also included. For all the details on items that are exempt from tax see the NC Department of Revenue website. . Also keep in mind that many school supplies will be much less expensive on other weeks so don't wait to buy everything on the tax-free weekend when you can get some of those same items for much less with back-to-school sales in the coming weeks.

Energy Star appliances tax-free holiday November 1 - November 3: Qualifying appliances that meet Energy Star efficiency guidelines are tax free during this weekend. Products include freezers, refrigerators, clothes washers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

What do you think? Will you miss the tax-free weekends or do you generally skip them anyway?


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  • cltabor Jul 18, 2013


    We get what we could on amazon, but if you had the financial aid package here, you could get your books without paying until the money came it from the bookstore. It helped because the refunds wouldnt come in until after school started.

  • KittenClaws Jul 18, 2013

    I liked it for buying my computers and printers. I would start checking about a month out to make sure I was getting a good sale and tax free all in one :) Might occassionaly also buy some school supplies or clothes if I saw a really good deal. I shop either early or late to miss most of the crowds. Probably won't really miss it though.

  • mothar1 Jul 18, 2013

    I'll miss it, I used to go to Marshall's and buy myself a treat of a few new things and enjoyed saving a few bucks. Once bought a laptop for my son, it was a great not paying tax on that.

  • murdock Jul 18, 2013

    Other than considering a computer, I won't worry with going.

  • mrsgaskill Jul 18, 2013

    Get a Target "Red" debit card and save 5% on each transaction. When you buy the items on sale, the 5% off is sort of like paying no tax. I have found stores usually raise the prices somewhat on tax free weekend and haven't really saved anything. Won't miss it or the crowds!

  • quemaster Jul 18, 2013

    For those that don't like the crowds: Shop on line and just go in and pick it up. Saves a TON of hassle. Also, buy the big items you've been putting off like PC's, etc. Saving $25-$75 on tax on an item is well worth the effort to just go pick it up.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jul 18, 2013

    I guess this tax deal needed to end to pay for the top 20%'s big tax breaks.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jul 18, 2013

    Thanks for nothing GOP.

  • Smokin Jul 18, 2013

    Never shopped on tax-free weekend. Too dang many crowds and no real bargains.

  • HighSpirits Jul 17, 2013

    Cooper70, I miss Pennsylvania for the no sales tax on clothing and food. When I visit family in November, I always save a few hours buying Christmas gifts and for shopping for jeans, shirts, etc. (if possible).