Tax hol­i­day

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Any time our elected lead­ers de­clare a tax hol­i­day for us, it is a time to cel­e­brate throughout the state and to take ad­van­tage of the sav­ings brought forth by the tax break.

For a num­ber of years, the state of Ge­or­gia al­lowed a tax hol­i­day the week­end be­fore most schools started.

This tax break of­fered great sav­ings for par­ents and a boon for the lo­cal econ­omy, as many peo­ple took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to save money and, in turn, used that sav­ings to buy more prod­ucts.

For the past two years, our wise lead­ers did away with tax break, cit­ing the re­ces­sion and a de­cline in Ge­or­gia’s tax rev­enue as the rea­son. Law­mak­ers de­cided to re­in­stated it this year due to Ge­or­gia busi­nesses los­ing back-to-school sales to stores in neigh­bor­ing states that of­fer tax hol­i­days.

So this week­end, there will be a tax hol­i­day on many school items; we should all be grate­ful to our elected lead­ers for this mag­nan­i­mous ges­ture of sup­port and re­lief for their con­stituents.

There is only one prob­lem with this week­end’s tax hol­i­days: un­for­tu­nately most schools in the state have al­ready started, in­clud­ing the schools in New­ton County.

Al­though we ap­pre­ci­ate any ef­fort not to charge folks tax on what they need to buy, es­pe­cially to help sup­port their chil­dren, maybe next year, our elected of­fi­cials will plan this tax-free school week­end early enough so that it is ben­e­fi­cial to the fam­i­lies it is sup­posed to help.

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