NM Governor Martinez Announces Back to School Tax Free Weekend


FGGAM just received this news release from Governor Martinez’s office:

Governor Susana Martinez Announces Back to School Tax Free Weekend


Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced New Mexico’s annual back to school tax-free weekend which aims to help families save money and prepare their students for the upcoming school year. The tax holiday runs from August 3 through August 5.


“Preparing to go back to school is expensive for families across New Mexico,” Governor Martinez said. “Tax-free weekend is a great way for us to help families save their hard-earned money, as they equip their children for a successful school year.” 


Friday through Sunday, vendors will not be required to collect gross receipts tax (GRT) from customers on certain back to school necessities, such as pens, pencils, computers, and clothing. 


Non-taxable items include: 

  • Clothing and footwear $100 or less 
  • School supplies such as pens, paper, and other classroom necessities $30 or less 
  • Computers $1,000 or less 
  • Various computer accessories $500 or less 


Price limits are for each item, not the total amount spent for all purchases. The complete list of taxable and non-taxable items can be viewed online here. During the tax-free weekend, New Mexico law provides a deduction from gross receipts for retail sales of qualifying items; in effect allowing retailers to sell the items free of GRT. All New Mexicans are able to take advantage of the tax-free weekend. 


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