Back-to-school shopping can be costly. Some states have decided to waive the sales tax on particular purchases.
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia are offering shoppers a sales tax holiday this year. The majority of states will be doing this on the first weekend of August.
Be sure to schedule your shopping trip during these times for extra savings. And before you bring your purchases to the register, make sure the items qualify. Some purchases will save you sales-tax dollars, others will not. Participating states have a detailed list of their sales-tax-exempt items. Each state can and does have varying products and dates of the sale, so be sure you know before you go.
Back-to-school tax holiday states that are participating:
* Alabama * Connecticut * Florida * Georgia * Iowa * Maryland * Missouri * New Mexico * North Carolina * South Carolina * Tennessee * Texas * Virginia * Washington, D.C.
States also participate in finding people with unclaimed property. Every state has unclaimed property. The manner in which they find owners varies. If you feel that you may have unclaimed money with your state or even a state you had lived in you can do a free money search with www.CashUnclaimed.com. Simply enter your name and you will find out if you are owed money.