In 2018 legislation was signed into law that established an annual sales tax holiday for one weekend each year. This year, the sales tax holiday will occur on August 17 and August 18, 2019.
On the sales tax holiday weekend, purchases by individuals of most retail items are not subject to the state sales tax.
The sales tax holiday applies to individuals purchasing retail items for personal use only. Purchases by corporations or other businesses—or purchases by individuals for business use—remain taxable.
The following do not qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption:
If you order and pay for an eligible item over the internet on the sales tax holiday, Eastern Daylight Time, that item will qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption. No sales tax is due on that purchase, even if delivery of the item occurs after the sales tax holiday weekend.
If you spend more than $2,500 on an item, the entire amount paid for the item is subject to sales tax, not just the amount that exceeds that threshold. There is, however, an exemption with respect to clothing. An item of clothing is generally exempt from the sales tax unless the item costs more than $175. If it does, only the amount over $175 is subject to tax. If on the sales tax holiday, the price of an item of clothing exceeds $2,500, the first $175 is not subject to tax.
To learn more about the 2019 Sales Tax Holiday click here.