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Sales tax holiday comes just in time for back to school

Sales taxes will be suspended in Georgia this weekend -- at least on a few items.

Back to school parents will be able to buy certain clothing items, school supplies and computers, tax-free for the third year in a row. The sales tax holiday starts today and continues through, Sunday, Aug. 1.

"The sales tax holiday helps Georgia parents who are preparing their children for the right start to a new school year," said Gov. Sonny Perdue in a press release about the sales tax holiday. "This holiday also provides a boost to retailers catering to those families."

School supplies for the classroom that cost up to $20 per item can be purchased sales tax free. This includes pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, calculators, dictionaries, thesauruses, book bags and books on approved school reading lists. Sales tax will have to be paid on school supply items that cost more than $20.

There are some limitations on the items that will be tax free during the weekend. Clothes and shoes are exempt up to $100 per item, but there is no limit on the number of clothing and footwear items purchased.

Clothes and shoes that cost more than $100 each will be taxed at the full retail price. Several items such as clothing accessories, jewelry, eyewear, umbrellas, handbags, watchbands and watches are still subject to taxation during the weekend.

Computers and accessories are exempt from sales tax up to $1,500. The computer category includes personal computers, monitors, keyboards, personal digital assistants and handheld computers, printers, modems and most software (not including games). This category does not include cell phones, digital cameras or furniture.

"They know (the sales tax holiday) is coming, and so instead of buying a little along, what they'll do is they'll save up and they'll do it this weekend to save their 7 percent," said McDuffie County Superintendent of Schools Mark Petersen.

According to the office of the Governor, the sales tax exemption does not apply to purchases made for resale, businesses purchases, items leased or rented, or items sold at sports facilities, theme parks, restaurants, public lodging establishments, and airports. The exemption is intended only for the personal use of individuals.

A complete list of exempt items is available on the Internet at the Department of Revenue web site: www.gatax.org. Additional information is available by email at salestaxholiday@gatax.org or by calling 404-417-6601.



Web posted on Thursday, July 29, 2004


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