(NB: The dates on the sign pictured above are incorrect!)
This week, beginning on Thursday, August 3rd, and continuing through Sunday, August 6th, Georgians and those visiting our state will enjoy a sales tax holiday. If you’ve been putting off buying those school supplies, now is the time to shop. But be forewarned, if previous sales tax holidays were any example, there will be a lot of other folks out there with you! Just like Santa, make your list before hand, check it twice, and plan on being there as early as possible on Thursday to hopefully avoid the crowds that come out in droves.
Here’s some information from the Georgia Department of Revenue’s site:
House Bill 1219 provides for a sales tax exemption from both state and local sales taxes for four (4) days, August 3 – 6, 2006, for covered items and specific energy efficient products.
During the sales tax holiday period, a sales tax exemption applies to purchases of tangible personal property in the following categories:
- Articles of Clothing. The exemption applies to articles of clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item. Clothing accessories such as handbags, umbrellas, cuff links, handkerchiefs, jewelry, key cases, wallets, watches and watch bands, and ponytail holders and/or similar hair products are not exempt. See lists of exempt items.
- Personal Computers. A single purchase of $1,500 or less of personal computers and/or related accessories is exempt. If the single purchase exceeds $1,500, the entire transaction is taxable. See list of exempt items.
- General School Supplies. The exemption applies to the purchase of general school supplies with a sales price of $20 or less per item. See list of exempt items.
- Energy Efficient Products. The purchase of energy efficient products with a sales price of $1,500 or less is exempt. The product must meet or exceed EPA and DOE standards for energy efficient products and be purchased for home or personal use. See list of exempt products .
The exemptions are intended for an individual’s personal use. The exemptions exclude items rented, leased, purchased by businesses, or purchased for resale. The exemptions do not apply to items sold at theme parks, entertainment complexes, hotels, restaurants, and airports.
Additional information is available at the DOR’s website:
This page also includes links to specific lists of tax-exempt items, including energy-efficient items.
For exempt clothing and footwear:
For exempt computers and related accessories:
For exempt general school supplies:
For exempt energy efficient products:
So, if you’ve been thinking of buying a new refrigerator or washing machine, this weekend is one of the best times to make that purchase. And for those of you with little ones not yet school-age, the tax holiday includes clothing for them as well as diapers! Don’t forget – this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!