Back to school in New Mexico is just around the corner. The first day of school for Las Cruces Public Schools is August 8, and Gadsden ISD kids go back August 5.

With the first day of school comes back to school shopping. Luckily for parents seeking a little relief from the cash crunch the start of the school year brings, New Mexico's Sales Tax Holiday is around the corner too.

Officially known as the Gross Receipts Tax Holiday, New Mexicans can save money at the cash register on many back-to items and clothing beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 2, through midnight Sunday, August 4, 2019.

To qualify for the tax break, clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit, and school supplies must be under $30 per unit. The price limit for desktop, laptop or notebook computers is $1,000. Related computer hardware must be under $500.

Clothing items under $100 classified as nontaxable include jeans, T-shirts, blouses, dresses, underwear, sneakers,sweaters, and coats. Computer related items classified as nontaxable include printers, hard drives, keyboards, modems, and flash and thumb drives. Tax free school supplies includes notebooks, paper, pencils and pens, crayons, book bags, and backpacks.

A complete list of what you can and cannot purchase tax free can be found HERE.


Lay-away plans can also be used to take advantage of the weekend savings provided the final payment on qualified items previously placed on lay-away is made during the gross receipts tax holiday.

Internet orders also qualify provided the item(s) is both delivered to and paid for by the customer during the tax holiday period, or it's ordered and paid for and the retailer accepts the order during the tax holiday, even if delivery of the item takes place after the tax holiday.

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