(Disclaimer – the sign above is from 2005.)
UPDATE: For Oct. 2007 Sales Tax Holiday, please visit this post.
I’ve had a lot of hits recently on last year’s post about the Georgia Sales Tax holiday and decided I needed to find out when this year’s holiday was scheduled. In case you weren’t aware of it, for the last several years, the State of Georgia has had at least one regularly scheduled sales tax holiday for parents, grandparents, friends, and family to purchase needed school supplies without having to pay the required sales tax. In previous years, this also included computers and laptops as well as school clothes.
This year, the 2007 school sales tax holiday has been proposed by the State Legislature and approved by Governor Sonny Perdue to take place August 2 – 5th, 2007. Per the most recent legislation, no limit is placed on how many clothing items a consumer can purchase during the sales tax free holiday. You just have to remember that individual clothing items over $100 are not exempt from sales tax, and clothing accessories are still taxed.
Clothing and footwear are exempt up to $100 per item, with no limit on how many pairs of shoes and clothing items a person can buy. In other words, you can buy 10 pairs of shoes at $10 each without paying any sales tax, or buy one (1) single pair for $101 and pay another $6 or $7 in sales tax. Clothing accessories, such as handbags, eyewear, jewelry, umbrellas, and watches, are not exempt.
The 4-day Georgia Sales Tax Holiday weekend draws shoppers from surrounding states in addition to many metro Atlantans, to take advantage of the sales tax exemption on certain items. School supplies are sales tax exempt up to $20 per item, including pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, book bags, calculators, dictionaries, thesauruses, children’s books and books listed on school district approved reading lists for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Again, there are no limits on the number of school supply purchases – simply a ceiling price of $20 per item.
For a full list of approved items as well as restrictions, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website. Keep in mind that this is last year’s listing from the Governor’s office. This year’s has not yet been released, but expected in the next two weeks or so.
Computers and computer accessories are exempt up to $1500 per transaction. If the purchase exceeds $1500, the entire price is taxable, not just the amount that exceeds $1500. Items included in the personal computer category include monitors, personal computer base units, keyboards, handheld computers, printers, modems, nonrecreational software, and other peripheral devices.
A second sales tax holiday for energy-efficient appliances is slated for October 4 – October 7, 2007. There is a limit of $1500 on the energy-efficient appliances to qualify for the sales tax exemption, and appliances can include everything from dishwashers, to refrigerators, to air conditioners. For a complete listing of approved appliances from last year’s list, please visit the Georgia General Assembly website. Each year, it is updated around the first of July. This year’s complete listing (for 2007) has not yet been released.
So, for those of you who like to plan ahead, put August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th on your calendar right now, and make sure you’re prepared with your lists of sizes and required school supplies, cash, checkbook, or credit card, and comfortable shoes for all those checkout lines!
UPDATE: For the latest information from the state about this year’s sales tax holiday, please visit our post of July 9th here.
For 2008 Sales Tax Holiday dates, please visit my blog here: https://masterworks.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/georgia-sales-tax-holidays-for-2008/