There are currently 17 states offering sales tax holidays where state sales tax charges are temporarily dropped on back-to-school items such as clothing, footwear, classroom supplies, computers and certain other products, according to CCH.

However, local sales taxes may still be imposed in some communities. “What’s really important for consumers to know is the specific information about products that qualify for each state’s holiday in order to maximize sales tax savings,” said CCH senior state tax analyst Carol Kokinis-Graves in a statement. “Typically several restrictions will apply and each state usually provides official, highly detailed rules on specific items that do or do not qualify for state sales tax exemptions on designated dates.”

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