Georgia’s tax free holiday weekend is here.
Friday and Saturday Georgians will be able to save on several items your kids may need before heading back into the classroom.
Throughout the weekend, shoppers won’t have to pay state and local sales tax on things like clothing and school supplies.
The exemptions apply to clothing and shoes that cost less than $100 per item, school supplies that cost less than $20 per item, and computers and software that cost less than $1,000 per item. The tax holiday applies to purchases in stores and online.
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Shoppers hit the stores in Atlanta
Shoppers returned in droves to the back-to-school supply aisles and were happy to check items off their school-provided shopping lists.
“It’s long, and I have a first and third-grader. It’s a lot of work,” said Miri Prior, mother of two.
Kelley Likes is a mother of five, and she estimated she’ll spend over $500 easily. That’s why she specifically waits to shop the two-day tax-free holiday to stock her kids up.
“It helps in getting shoes and backpacks and different things. We wait until today to go and do that,” Likes said.
Back to school is a season that big retailers like Walmart plan for from the Fourth of July through Labor Day weekend, with so many different school start dates.
“From hiring to scheduling it correctly, the freight flow and then stocking, there’s a lot of prep that goes into it,” said Walmart store manager Bill Huckaby.
A lot of prep also goes into purchasing. Cassie Reynolds is a mother of five and finds the lists for her students a bit overwhelming.
“To me it’s frustrating when they request the brands, because it costs more. Shopping for five kids I want to buy store brand,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds may stray from the list a bit but is grateful to the state for extending the tax-free holiday into this year to help cover some of her out-of-pocket expense.
“It’s a pretty good deal saver, especially when it’s combined with the sales,” Reynolds said.
The tax-free holiday is only available Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. Eligible items are school supplies $20 and under, clothing and shoes $100 and under and computers and computer accessories $1,000 and under.