What you need to know about this year's back to school tax-free weekend

The first thing you need to know is: for the first time in 7 years, Georgia has decided NOT to have a tax-free weekend. Which means that if you want to save on back to school purchases, including computers, clothing, and school supplies, you'll need to cross the bridge into South Carolina. In fact, the Georgia legislature has decided not to do it...anymore. Lawmekers say this will save the state millions of dollars (find out more here)

In South Carolina the tax free weekend will be held August 4-6.                                       

During the annual Sales Tax Holiday,  a variety of approved school supply items are exempt from the 6% state sales tax and any applicable local taxes. In years past, shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the holiday weekend. 

Shoppers will pay no sales tax on items ranging from clothing and shoes to book bags and computers. Items such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, and layaway purchases are not exempt.

During this time, the 6% state sales and use tax, and any applicable local sales and use tax, will not be imposed on clothing, clothing accessories (e.g., hats, scarves, hosiery, and handbags), footwear, school supplies (e.g., pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, bookbags, lunchboxes, and calculators), computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, and bath wash cloths, blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, sheet sets, comforter sets, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs and mats, pillows, and pillow cases. The sales tax holiday, however, does not apply to sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, rental of clothing or footwear, items for use in a business, or items placed on layaway or similar deferred payment and delivery plans.

To find a list of what is and what is NOT tax-free click here




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