Back-to-school tax free holidays are offered by many states as an attractive way to get customers into stores and give parents a break – and are especially useful during the current economic hard times. Sales taxes are waived on certain products during a short time period. The products that are available tax free vary by state.

Back-to-school tax free holiday weekends are traditionally held in August. The tax free waiver often applies to clothing, shoes, books, technical tools, and more.

Each state imposes its own restrictions and limitations on the tax free holiday. Here’s a list of the states and the dates of their back-to-school tax-free days that we have found so far:

Alabama: August 5-7, 2011
Arkansas: August 6-7, 2011
Connecticut: August 21-27, 2011
Florida: August 12-14, 2011
Iowa: August 5-6, 2011
Louisiana: August 5-6, 2011
Maryland: August 14-20, 2011
Mississippi: July 29-30, 2011
Missouri: August 5-7, 2011
New Mexico: August 5-7, 2011
New York: Currently no tax on clothing & footwear under $55
North Carolina: August 5-7, 2011
Oklahoma: August 5-7, 2011
South Carolina: August 5-7, 2011
Tennessee: August 5-7, 2011
Texas: August 19-21, 2011
Virginia: Aug. 5-7, 2011

Stay tuned for updates as info comes in!