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Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Expected To Spur Shopping

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email
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By Matt Galka
August 9, 2013

Thomasville, GA - Marching bands and shopping don't always go hand-in-hand, but the folks in Thoamsville wanted to make sure tax free weekend came with a "Back to School" bash.

Georgia residents get their chance to buy clothes, computers, and back to school supplies tax free on Friday and Saturday. But local moms like Tiffany McCardel thinks the buying break is just a little too late.

"School started last week so it would have been nice to have that before," said McCardel.

She says those sales tax dollars really add up, especially when you have multiple kids.

"When they get in high school it really costs, because you've got band and you've got all these classes with different supplies for each class. Then we've got one just starting school," said McCardel.

Downtown Thomasville business 'Kathy's Shoes' is going to take advantage of the shopping holiday. Owner Kathy Murphy says that the weekend has boosted sales in the past, and that kids will have a better idea of what they need after a week of school.

"Oh, I think a lot of times the kids really don't know what they want until they go back to school and see what other people are wearing. You know how self conscious they are about how they look," said Murphy.

There are limits to Georgia's sales tax holiday. Clothing can't coast more than $100 dollars, school supplies more than $20, and computers have to be under $1000.


Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's sales tax holiday is expected to bring more shoppers to stores this weekend.

CBS Atlanta reports that customers won't have to pay the sales tax on many back-to-school items, including clothing, computer equipment, athletic gear and other items.

The sales tax holiday comes too late for parents in some Georgia school districts. They've already bought back-to-school supplies since classes have already begun.

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Information from: WGCL-TV, http://www.cbsatlanta.com/index.html


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