TJ Maxx Return Policy: Tips and Tricks to Make It Work For You

Updated August 4, 2022 by Kyle

The TJ Maxx return policy is both loved and hated at the same time. It’s loved because they’ll take back most items even after the return window has closed. It’s hated because they can be a bit stingy on taking back items that have been washed, even when there is nothing malicious going on. Let’s break down their return policy fully, along with some hacks to make it really work for you in the future.

TJ Maxx Return Policy: Tips and Tricks to Make It Work For You

How Many Return Days Does TJ Maxx Give Me?

30 days.

You have 30 days from the date of purchase to bring back any items to a TJ Maxx location for a return or exchange.

After 30 days, returns with a receipt (and often without a receipt too) will be given store credit for the item’s current price.

Is a Receipt Required for a Return?

The TJ Maxx official line is this, “To make your returns quicker and easier please keep your receipt.”

But having a receipt in hand is NOT a requirement for a return. In most cases, they’ll happily give you store credit when you don’t have your receipt.

To make a return happen without a receipt you’ll need to provide a government issued photo ID, name, signature, and address.

They collect this information to track your returns and make sure you don’t abuse their return policy.

While they don’t have an official policy on how many “no-receipt returns” you can make, it’s safe to assume that several a month will get their attention and they could ban you from returning items for a specific amount of time.

See Also: 9 Killer Ways to Shop Smart and Save Money at TJ Maxx

Can I Return Something That I Washed?

This one gets a bit tricky.

Their official policy is NOT to accept returns on items that have been worn or washed.

But if you plead your case, the manager will often agree to the return. This is especially true for items that shrunk badly in the wash or lost most of their color.

You might need to be the squeaky wheel to make this happen.

A word of warning: Know exactly what you’re buying and wash it in accordance to the label instructions so you don’t have to deal with this issue.

How Do I Return an Online Order?

You have 2 options. You can either return items in-store or via UPS.

  • In-Store Returns: Completely free to return online orders in-store. Just bring items back to your local TJ Maxx with your receipt, packing slip, or shipping confirmation email.
  • Return via Mail: This is gonna cost you a $9.99 shipping and handling fee. Be sure the item gets back to TJ Maxx via UPS before 30 days. Otherwise you’ll have to settle for merchandise credit. Your original package comes with a return shipping label.
  • Note: An exact exchange is NOT available when returning online orders via the mail. This is due to an ever-changing online inventory.

If you have a TJ Maxx in your area, you’re obviously much better off returning items in-store to avoid the return shipping fee. The only way they’ll waive the $9.99 fee is if the item is defective.

Any Items Not Eligible for a Return?

Yes, glad you asked.

  • Gift Cards: You can’t return them for cash, nice try though.
  • In-Store Purchases Can’t be Returned Online: Only online purchases can be returned via the mail.
  • Items over $1,000 Can’t Be Returned In-Store
  • Handbags priced over $499.99 Can’t Be Returned In-Store

I’ll add new items that are non-returnable as I discover them.

What About Returning Items with a Gift Receipt?

When returning items with a gift receipt, be aware that you’ll only get store credit or an exact exchange.

You won’t be given cash.

Do this after 30 days of purchase and you’ll be stuck with the current price of the item. Hopefully it won’t be on clearance as you’ll be stuck with the clearance price.

What is TJ Maxx’s Holiday Return Policy?

TJ Maxx has a very helpful holiday season return policy.

All purchases made between October 16th – December 24th can be returned through January 23rd of the following year.

Can I Get a Cash Refund If I Used a Debit Card?

If you still have the receipt and you’re still within the return window, YES you can get cash back.

What Happens If I Return Items Bought with a TJX Rewards Credit Card?

Many shoppers are curious about this.

So I pulled out my magnifying glass and found the boiler plate on the TJX site and discovered that “Points will be deducted for any returns or credits made on your account.”

In short, they will take back the points you earned when you make a return.

Can I Return Opened Food Items?

No, you’re stuck with food items once you open them.

The only caveat to this is if the food is unsafe to eat through no fault of your own, in which case you have a good chance for a refund.

Can You Return TJ Maxx Items to Marshalls?


Even though both are owned by the same company, you can’t mix returns between the two.

TJ Maxx Return Policy Hacks:

Keep Tags on Items

Don’t take the tag off the item until you’re absolutely sure you want to keep it. This is because many stores will give you the price on the tag when making a return, no matter how long ago you made the purchase.

Swimwear & Lingerie Returns

The price tag must be “properly attached” to all swimwear and lingerie if you want to return it.

Not exactly sure what “properly attached” means. In any case, this is a health issue and this policy attempts to keep worn items off the rack.

Jewelry Returns

You’ll need to return jewelry items directly to the TJ Maxx jewelry counter. Because of this, you must return jewelry ONLY to a location that actually carries jewelry.

Purchases Made with a Gift Card

When returning these purchases you’ll have to settle for store credit which can be used for both online and in-store purchases.

Purchases Made using PayPal

When using PayPal for an online order, you’ll be refunded via PayPal. For an in-store purchase, you’ll be refunded via a merchandise credit.

Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the TJ Maxx return policy?

By Kyle James


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Ellen S Cohen

what if you return items purchased with rewards certificates?


a gift card!


If someone buys me a gift and I already have the same thing, can I return what they got me to the store? It doesn’t have a receipt.


I wanna return some clothes that has tags but I lost receipt can I return and get cash back ?


Does TJ max offer price difference if an item purchased then goes on sale within 2-4 week time period following?


Are sale/ clearance items able to be returned?


yes, I have done this several times and theres no issue

Christina Stewart

What about a candle that I burned but it made me sick? I have the receipt and the candle’s label.


I bought give like 40 days early, still receipt & tags on it. I want my money, bump store credit


I purchased a mascara 2 days ago and it seems to be dried up! Can I exchange?


I bought a mascara and it smelled rancid. I emailed the company directly and they sent me an online gift card with the refund. My tjmaxx wouldnt accept it


I recently purchased a jumpsuit and wore it. The tag said “wash with like colors,in cold water,no bleach may use iron,tumble dry on low.”I washed it on hand wash in cold water. I took it out of washing machine and noticed that the hem wash completely unraveling. I still have receipts, but not tags for the garment. Do you think they’ll take it back? I certainly hope so! Because, A) I don’t see & B) It’s the whole pant leg hem that came undone! Thank you in advance for any feedback!

Pam b

I have a pair of capris with a receipt never worn, tags are on but purchased in 2018, gained too much weight can’t wear will you take back for tjmaxx credit?

Elizabeth Eaton

I so far haven’t had any issues with returning items that are a few years old as long as they have tags on them.


Can you return unworn clearance items with a red tag and a receipt?

Marco Cardenas

What about fragrances? Return? I opened it ….sprayed once and don’t like it….?I have the original box

Jenny May

Walking in to return my opened fragrance (same issue) with receipt, and purchased more than thirty days ago. I’ll let you know how it goes! Lol


Returning an online order that was field and correctly by TJ Maxx

Marion Tunney

I bought a pair of slippers about 2 weeks ago. The stitching came loose after 3-4 seatings. I took them back for a replacement, and was told they couldn’t do anything for me without a receipt or tags. Even though l brought the replacement slippers right to the desk.

What’s with that? Do l have any options??


A friend bought us some items at a TJMax in California and sent them to us. We live in Nevada. The items are to small. Still have all the tags attached and she can send us the receipt. Can we return them to a TJ Max where we live or will they need to go back to a store in California?