Are printers, computers tax-free? 10 states hold sales tax holidays this weekend and some offer a tax break on tech

Shoppers in 10 states should file this away: This weekend, you can pick up clothes and school supplies tax-free.

Not every item is tax free during sales tax holidays. (C) KELLY TYKO/TCPALM Not every item is tax free during sales tax holidays.

Sales tax holidays kick off Friday in nine states - Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia - and Maryland's tax holiday begins Sunday.

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Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. The back-to-school shopping season, the second-biggest period for retailers, behind the holidays, usually kicks off in mid-July and peaks in mid-August. This year, it's off to a slow start amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts predict the shopping season will peak in late August and spill into most of September.

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The purchases parents are making are different than in previous years. Clothing is less of a priority, replaced by electronics, face masks and other protective equipment.

Printers, computers tax-free for some

Computers are tax-free this weekend in four states: Florida, Missouri, New Mexico and South Carolina under different thresholds. Technology supplies including software and printers also count in most cases.  According to the National Retail Federation, parents with children in elementary school through high school plan to spend an average of £789.49 per family, up from £696.70 last year.

That spending is expected to total £33.9 billion, up from £26.2 billion last year, breaking the record of £30.3 billion set in 2012. The trade group predicts that college students and their families will spend a total of £67.7 billion, up from £54.5 billion last year. "By any measure, this is an unprecedented year with great uncertainty, including how students will get their education this fall whether they are in kindergarten or college," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement. "Most parents don't know whether their children will be sitting in a classroom or in front of a computer in the dining room, or a combination of the two."

In five states, tax breaks are year-round. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon don't have a sales tax, according to the Tax Foundation. Most clothing also is tax-free year-round in some states, including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Family Bell: Google has an answer to keeping your work and school life at home on time amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Tax-free shopping 2020

Not every town and county will participate in the sales tax holidays, nor will every item be tax-free. Online shopping also is exempt from tax during the days. For some states, local taxes still apply.

Florida sales tax holiday 

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax free:

  • Clothing, footwear and accessories, including face masks: £60 or less
  • School supplies: £15 or less
  • Computers and accessories: £1,000 or less per item

Full list: www.floridarevenue.com/backtoschool Sign of the times: Face masks make the list this year for Florida back-to-school sales tax holiday

Iowa sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-8 What's tax-free: Clothing and footwear, less than £100 Full list: https://tax.iowa.gov/iowas-annual-sales-tax-holiday

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Maryland tax-free week

Dates: Aug.

9-15 What's tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: £100 or less
  • Backpacks: The first £40 is tax-exempt

Full list: www.marylandtaxes.gov

Missouri sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free:

  • Clothing: Up to £100
  • School supplies: Not to exceed £50 per purchase
  • Personal computers: Up to £1,500
  • Computer software: Up to £350
  • Graphing calculators: Up to £150

Full list: https://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/

New Mexico tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free:

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than £100
  • Computers: £1,000 or less
  • Computer-related items: Up to £500
  • School supplies: Less than £30

Full list: www.tax.newmexico.gov

Ohio sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free:

  • Clothing: £75 or less
  • School supplies and instructional materials: £20 or less

Full list: https://tax.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/tax/home/news/sales-tax-holiday

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Oklahoma sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free: Clothing and footwear, less than £100 Full list: www.ok.gov/tax

South Carolina sales tax holiday 

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free: 

  • Clothing: No limit
  • School supplies: No limit
  • Computers, computer parts and accessories, printers, ink: No limit
  • Books and musical instruments: Tax-free if "used for school assignments."
  • Bed and bath: No limit, includes blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, towels, etc.

Full list: www.dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend Tax exempt or not?: Here's a list of tax-free items for South Carolina's 'Tax Free Weekend'

Texas sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free: 

  • Clothing and footwear: Less than £100
  • School supplies and backpacks: Less than £100

Full list: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490/ Texas sales tax holiday 2020: Retailers are just as excited as shoppers amid COVID-19 slowdown

Virginia sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

7-9 What's tax-free: 

  • Clothing and footwear: £100 or less
  • School supplies: £20 or less
  • Hurricane and emergency preparedness products: Portable generators up to £1,000; gas-powered chainsaws £350 or less; other specified hurricane preparedness items, £60 or less per item. 
  • Energy Star and WaterSense products: £2,500 or less per item

Full list: www.tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday

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3. Thousands of students across the nation are set to resume in-person school for the first time since March. Parents have to balance the children's need for socialization and instruction that school provides with the risks of coronavirus.Students arrive to Dallas Elementary School for the first day of school amid the coronavirus outbreak on Monday, Aug.

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2, with precautions in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Newton County Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Beth Lang checks Breeze Nichols' temperature before she enters the classroom as principal Jason Roberson, right, ushers her to her class on her first day of school in Decatur, Miss., Monday, Aug.

3, 2020.Liz Guidry working alone in her classroom preparing for when students return to school at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in New Orleans, Tuesday, July 28, 2020.Carolyn Lahasky sitting behind newly installed plexiglass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in New Orleans, Tuesday, July 28, 2020.Wearing a mask and face guard as protection against the spread of COVID-19, a Garland Independent School District custodian wipes down surfaces at Stephens Elementary School in Rowlett, Texas, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.Masked students enter Oak Ridge High for the first day of school amid COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. All students have their temperature checked as they enter the school's building.A plastic partition sits on a table to separate student work spaces when in-person learning resumes this fall on Tuesday, July 28, at John Harris Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D.Sister Andria Donald of the Sisters of the Holy Family works with teachers Janice Donalds, left, and Robin Jackson, partially visible, along with children Julio Washington, right, and Santana Washington, at the St.

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Washington St., in Indianapolis, Monday, July 20, 2020.Hartsfield Elementary School Assistant Principal Lisa Thompson, left, and Principal Rhonda Blackwell-Flanagan demonstrate how students will be seated in the cafeteria in Tallahassee, Florida on July 20, 2020.Superintendent Dr. Keith Perrigan shows the new seating configuration on the school buses for the upcoming school year, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Bristol, Virginia. A maximum of 22 students can be on the bus.Tommy Croft and Eddie Ford install plexiglass dividers on desks in a classroom at Oakland Heights Elementary School in Meridian, Miss.Teachers illustrate the average size of a Mississippi classroom and how only 11 students would be able to fit in it during a rally at the state Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, Friday, July 17, 2020.

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Watson said the walls have been white, brown, blue, white again, green and now will be gold.Beaver Falls High School football players Mitch Myers and Quadir Thomas sanitize their hands between drills during practice Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Beaver Falls, Pa. They will continue with practice even as about 20 others high schools will pause practices for a week due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus.Des Moines Public Schools custodian Cynthia Adams cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed.

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That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.Governor Kristi Noem is framed by partitions built to separate student work spaces while she gives an update on back to school planning on Tuesday, July 28, at John Harris Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D.43/43 SLIDES

Coming tax holidays

Two more states have tax holidays, later in August.

Connecticut tax-free week

Dates: Aug.

16-22 What's tax-free: Clothing and footwear, less than £100 Full list: www.ct.gov/DRS

Massachusetts sales tax holiday

Dates: Aug.

29-30 What's tax-free: Almost everything that costs up to £2,500. In Massachusetts, there is no sales tax on clothes less than £175, year round. More information: www.mass.gov

Contributing: Associated Press Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Are printers, computers tax-free?

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