What qualifies on tax-free weekend in Arkansas?

Saturday August 1, 2020,  is tax-free day in the state of Arkansas. This weekend will  allow shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and clothing free of state and local tax.

The Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday exempts certain clothing, equipment, and school supply items from sales tax if their price falls below a designated threshold. Pricing limits and examples of qualified items are listed below. 

  • Clothing and footwear under $100 per item.
    Examples include uniforms, jackets, hats and shoes.

  • Clothing accessories and equipment under $50 per item.
    Examples include jewelry, cosmetics, umbrellas and handbags.

  • School supplies of any price.
    Examples include backpacks, calculators, blackboard chalk and lunch boxes.

  • School art supplies of any price.
    Examples include paints, clay and drawing pads.

  • School instructional materials.
    Examples include textbooks, workbooks and maps.

Products not exempt from sales tax during Arkansas’s Tax-Free Weekend

Note that not all types of clothing articles, equipment and school supplies qualify for tax exemption during the sales tax holiday. You’ll still have to pay sales tax on the following:

  • Sewing equipment and supplies, including scissors, yarn, and tape measurers.

  • Protective equipment, including helmets and safety googles.

  • Sport or recreational equipment, including athletic shoes, baseball gloves, and shoulder pads.

Tax-Free Weekend Tips

Before you start shopping over Tax-Free Weekend, keep the following tips in mind:

Qualifying online purchases will also be tax free. Tax-Free shopping isn’t limited to brick-and-mortar stores. When you shop online in Arkansas during the holiday, qualified purchases will be exempt from sales tax if your order is delivered to an address in Arkansas. You must also pay for the item during the exemption period.

Retailer coupons and discounts still apply. If a retailer offers you a coupon or discount, you can take advantage of the deal and still receive the tax exemption on eligible items. If the coupon or discount brings the item’s price below the threshold, purchases will qualify for the tax exemption.

You can hunt down applicable coupons at Offers.com. They offer a huge variety of coupons, discounts, and deals on clothing, accessories, school supplies, and other exempt items. Check out the back-to-school deals, or use our search bar to hunt down offers on specific products.

To learn more, check out Sales Tax Holiday official page from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, and explore the list of all states that offer tax-free weekends.