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)
- Ear muffs
- Lab coats
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)
- Web cameras
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:
- Index cards
- Lunch boxes
Not Sales Tax Exempt
Items that are NOT tax free include:
- Cell phones
- Digital Cameras
- Cases for electronic devices
- Regular batteries
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!