School has already started across much of metro Atlanta, but the back-to-school shopping season is about to hit its stride.
For the first time since 2009, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on their clothes and shoes, computers and their crayons and other supplies. Previously, Georgia had had annual tax holidays beginning in 2002.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s sales tax holiday:
When: 12:01 a.m. Friday morning to midnight Saturday evening
What’s included: Clothes and shoes that cost less than $100 per item. School supplies that cost less than $20 an item. Computer-related electronics in a single purchase that cost $1,000 or less.
What’s not included: Clothing accessories, computer gaming systems and cellular devices, furniture, medical supplies, janitorial supplies. Anything sold at a hotel, restaurant, airport or theme park. Rentals or items used in a business, or for resale, are not exempt from paying tax.
Examples: Here’s the official list of tax-exempt and nonexempt items (PDF), from the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Who’s participating: Every store that sells those items in the state of Georgia, whether online or in person.
FAQs: We’ve assembled answers to some of the most-asked questions about the tax-free weekend. What other questions do you have about the tax-free holiday?
(And watch Atlanta Bargain Hunter’s back-to-school interview with Jessica Shops for ways to save money and the best places to buy dorm gear.)
In print, our Deal Spotter section in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution is full of great local deals and exclusive offers.
– For the AJC Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog