Back To School Tax Free Holiday

As posted on July 29, 2014 on georgia.gov

It’s back-to-school time! That means Georgia’s sales tax holiday is almost here. This Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, Georgia residents can take advantage of tax-free items during their school shopping. The Georgia Department of Revenue broke down these tax-free items into three categories:

Clothing and Footwear

Most clothes with a sales price of $100.00 or less (per item) will be sales tax exempt. However, keep in mind this doesn't include jewelry, handbags, umbrellas or watches.

Example of items that will have no sales tax include:

  • Baby clothes (but not baby bibs)
  • Belts/suspenders
  • Blouses
  • Dresses
  • Diapers
  • Ear muffs
  • Helmets
  • Lab coats
  • Pants
  • Scarves
  • Shirts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Vests

Computers

This category includes computers, computer components and prewritten computer software. You can buy these for noncommercial home or personal use, but the sales price must be $1,000.00 or less per item.

Some examples that fall under this category are:

  • Batteries (for computers)
  • Car adaptors
  • Data storage devices
  • Docking stations
  • Keyboards (for computers)
  • Microphones
  • Modems
  • Mouses
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • Web cameras

School Supplies

In this last category, you can buy certain school and art supplies without sales tax if they are bought for noncommercial use and cost $20.00 or less per item.

Some examples of tax free school supplies include:

  • Binders
  • Bookbags
  • Calculators
  • Compasses
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Lunch boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

Not Sales Tax Exempt

Items that are NOT tax free include:

  • Cell phones
  • Televisions
  • Digital Cameras
  • Cases for electronic devices
  • Regular batteries
  • Cosmetics
  • Jewelry
  • Handbags
  • Umbrellas
  • Watches

Be sure to check in with the Georgia Department of Revenue for the official 2014 sales tax holiday document or to see the full list of exempt and non-exempt items. Happy shopping!