For 20 years, bargain-hunting parents in South Carolina have saved money on clothing, school supplies and computers right before sending their kids back to the classroom. That’s because the Palmetto State is one of 16 in the country that holds annual back-to-school sales tax “holidays.” Typically held on a weekend in August, the state sales tax is waived on certain school-related items.

The promotion is a boon for people who live in states with a high combined state and local sales tax. According to the Tax Foundation, Tennessee (9.53%), Arkansas (9.47%) and Alabama (9.22%) are at the top of the list.

In South Carolina, where the state and local sales tax can reach a total of 7.46% , consumers in past years have saved between $2 million and $3 million over the sales tax-free weekend, according to the state’s tax-free holiday website.

Five states — Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon — don’t need a holiday. There is no sales tax in these states, according to Kiplinger. That’s a perk for residents and those who live near their borders.

Parents in 16 states can take advantage of tax-free weekends to purchase back-to-school supplies and clothing.
Parents in 16 states can take advantage of tax-free weekends to purchase back-to-school supplies and clothing.

Here is a rundown of states with sales tax holiday events this summer. Note that some counties or municipalities may not participate. Check the sales’ start and end times; some events begin at 12:01 a.m. on the first day and end at midnight on the last. Visit your state’s tax website for updates before you shop.

ALABAMA

July 17-19

Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per article

Computers, software (games are excluded) and computer supplies: single purchase with a price of $750 or less

School supplies: $50 or less per item

Books: $30 or less per book

ARKANSAS

Aug. 1-2

Clothing and footwear: less than $100 per item

Accessories: less than $50 per item

School supplies, school art supplies and instructional materials: no limit — must be an item used for studying

CONNECTICUT

Aug. 16-22

Clothing and footwear: less than $100 per item

FLORIDA

Aug. 7-9

Clothing, footwear and certain accessories: $60 or less per item

School supplies: $15 or less per item

Computers and accessories: the first $1,000 of the sale price for personal computers and certain

computer-related accessories

IOWA

Aug. 7-8

Clothing and footwear: less than $100 per item

MARYLAND

Aug. 9-15

Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item

Backpacks: first $40 of the cost

MASSACHUSETTS

(Not scheduled)

Retail items for personal use: up to $2,500 per item

MISSISSIPPI

July 31 to Aug. 1

Clothing, footwear and school supplies: less than $100 per item

MISSOURI

Aug. 7-9

Clothing: $100 or less per item

School supplies: less than $50 per item

Computer software: $350 or less per item

Personal computers and peripheral devices: less than $3,500

NEW MEXICO

Aug. 7-9

Clothing, footwear and accessories: less than $100 per unit

Computers: up to $1,000

Computer-related items: up to $500

School supplies: less than $30 per item

OHIO

Aug. 7-9

Clothing: $75 or less per item

School supplies and instructional materials: $20 or less per item

OKLAHOMA

Aug. 7-9

Clothing and footwear: less than $100 per item

SOUTH CAROLINA

Aug. 7-9

There are no limits for:

Clothing (including custom-made clothes), clothing accessories and footwear

School supplies used for school assignments

Computers, computer software, printers and printer supplies (whether purchased or leased)

Certain bed and bath supplies

TENNESSEE

July 31 to Aug. 2

Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item

School supplies and school art supplies: $100 or less

Computers: $1,500 or less

TEXAS

Aug. 7-9

Clothing, footwear, backpacks and school supplies: less than $100

VIRGINIA

Aug. 7-9

Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item

School supplies: $20 or less per item

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Back to school shopping: Tax-free weekends by state