In the 45 states that collect sales tax, rates range from zero to 9.45 percent as of 2014, according to the Tax Foundation. Although the majority of states tax clothing along with other tangible purchases, a few states consider clothing a tax-exempt necessity. If you're planning to buy a new wardrobe, you could save some money by traveling to a clothing tax-exempt state to make your purchases.
No State Sales Tax
As of 2014, there are five states that don't impose a statewide sales tax. You won't find a state-regulated sales tax on clothing or other goods you purchase in Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon. Although Alaska doesn't have a state sales tax, localities are allowed to collect sales tax ranging from 1 to 7 percent.
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States That Exempt Clothing
Out of the states that do collect a sales tax, Minnesota, New Jersey and Vermont fully exempt clothing. In four additional states, clothing is tax-exempt, but limitations and restrictions apply. Pennsylvania only taxes formal attire, certain furs and sports gear; all other clothing is exempt. In New York, clothing under $110 is exempt from taxes. In Rhode Island, clothing and footwear are exempt up to $250. The Massachusetts exemption limit is $175 per clothing item.
- Tax Foundation: State and Local Sales Tax Data for 2014
- Pennsylvania: Are Clothes Subject to Sales Tax?
- State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation: Important Notice to All Retailers of Clothing, Including Footwear
- Minnesota Department of Revenue: Clothing
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Tax Exempt Items
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance: Changes in Sales Tax Clothing Exemption Effective April 1, 2012
- Tax Foundation: Map - State Sales Taxes and Clothing Exemptions