Gov. Nathan Deal announced the start of the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday. The holiday will take place Aug. 1-2.
The sales tax-free holiday was reinstated under the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan in 2012 and extended for an additional two years through this year's tax reform package.
"Reducing the tax burden on hard-working families has always been a top priority of mine," said Deal. "This sales tax holiday will allow Georgia families to save money on those necessary items for school, and it is my hope that they get out this weekend and take advantage of this opportunity. I remain committed to maintaining our status as having one of the lowest per capita taxpayer burdens in the country, and I thank the General Assembly for working with me to make this weekend a possibility."
Shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on a variety of items costing $100 or less.
Here is a list of some of the tax exempt items. Some items you would expect, but some are a bit surprising:
Clothing such as dresses, pants and shirts
Footwear, including cleats and spiked shoes
Underwear, including corsets and corset laces
Football pads and athletic supporters
Diapers, for both children and adults
The following are some of the things you still will have to pay taxes on:
Baby bibs and crib blankets
Watches and watchbands
Wigs and hair pieces
Also exempt from taxes for the two days are certain computers and electronics costing $1,000 or less. These include:
Printers and printer cartridges
Computer cables and batteries
Speakers and microphones
Laptop, desktop and tablet computers
Taxes will still be collected on:
Computer bags and cases for electronic devices
You can find a complete list of what will be taxed and tax-free in the attached PDF.
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