Tax free holiday weekend arrives after school starts

9:58 AM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- With a new school year just weeks away, the Georgia Department of Revenue is holding its "back to school" sales tax holiday August 9-10. 

The weekend, however, comes after more than half a million metro Atlanta students have returned to school by August 7.

There was an attempt by some lawmakers to move the dates to August first and second, but the proposal was attached to another bill Governor Nathan Deal vetoed for reasons that had nothing to do with the sales tax holiday. So, the dates for the second weekend in August stand.

The later dates puzzle some parents.

"I think they're trying to boost the economy," said Lentreau Jackson, PTA Vice President at Centennial Place Elementary in Atlanta. "I think it should be maybe a longer period time, maybe even earlier. If the purpose is to boost the economy and you're missing a lot of your market, then you maybe want to change it.number one, but I think it should be maybe a longer period of time."

"I have to make a list of how much notebook paper, how much folders, if they need a laptop here, if they need jump drive. So, what can we get now and what are the more costly things we can get for that weekend. So it helps us out," said Rewa Berry, mother of four, including a fourth grader at Centennial Place Elementary.

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"The 2013 sales tax holiday represents an excellent opportunity for parents to save money on basic necessities when getting their children ready for the upcoming school year in Georgia," said DOR Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie.  

Clothing and shoes costing $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax, along with single purchases of $1,000 or less of personal computers and computer-related accessories. 

Also, general school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20 or less per item are exempt from sales tax. 

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