Several states in the US will be participating in Tax-Free Weekend, a back-to-school event that allows parents to obtain school supplies, clothes, uniforms, sometimes diapers, and in some cases, other, non-school-related items, tax-free. States that are participating in 2016 include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Stores across these states will eliminate the sales tax for back-to-school-related purchases for this weekend only. Many see this as a big help in being able to afford such supplies, especially as school budgets are reduced and the schools themselves no longer supply all that they used to. Teachers see it as a great time to stock up on classroom items that the school can’t provide so that they are able to make sure all students have what they need. But not everyone loves Tax-Free Weekend. In fact, several states have done away with it in recent years, saying that it hurts revenue overall.

Massachusetts, Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin have all eliminated their Tax-Free Weekends in recent years.

Social Media Reacts to the Start of Tax-Free Weekend

Retail workers are not excited.