Sales tax hol­i­day this week­end

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AT­LANTA — This week­end’s Ge­or­gia sales tax hol­i­day is com­ing a lit­tle late for par­ents in some school dis­tricts, in­clud­ing New­ton County.

But if there’s still back-to-school shop­ping to do, Aug. 9–10 is the time that many items, such as cloth­ing, school sup­plies and com­put­ers, can be pur­chased with­out pay­ing state sales tax.

As with most things in life, how­ever, there are a few catches. Only cloth­ing items that cost $100 or less each are ex­empt. The same ap­plies to school necessities such as back­packs. So, if your stu­dent has a taste for de­signer duds, those shoes and book bags that cost in ex­cess of $100 wouldn’t qual­ify for the sales tax ex­emp­tion.

When it comes to per­sonal com­put­ers and re­lated ac­ces­sories, qual­i­fy­ing items must cost $1,000 or less apiece. And the ex­emp­tion doesn’t ap­ply to cel­lu­lar de­vices or desks.

Shop­pers can ex­pect a lit­tle con­fu­sion. If, for ex­am­ple, your son needs a cuffed dress shirt for the school choir, you can buy that shirt with­out pay­ing state sales tax. But, the cuff links (they’re con­sid­ered jewelry) won’t be ex­empt.

– the As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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