Parents Get Ready for Holiday From Sales Tax on School Supplies

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-- Valdosta, Ga. -- July 30, 2012 --

For the first time since 2009 Georgia will offer shoppers a tax holiday on back-to-school products. The holiday will be on August 10th and 11th... Many are looking forward to some much needed financial relief.

One single parent, Wynn Rowe, said "round this time of year it's pretty hard for single parents like myself. You got the bills that's coming up and you got school clothes and supplies and stuff like that. So that's a wonderful thing that they are doing."

Parents will spend roughly $690 dollars on school supplies this year which is up $85 dollars from last year's average. That's according to the National Retail Federation. Many in the community think it's a valuable investment for the kids.

Valdosta resident, Joseph Alvarez, said "they need anything that will help them, motivate them, push them to get an education. To help them want to get an education, to be interested in getting an education and I think it's great."

The sales tax will be lifted for general school supplies, clothing worth $100 dollars or less as well as computers and their accessories.

Georgia first offered a back-to-school tax holiday in 2002. State leaders had ended that tradition during the recession over the last few years.