Easing costs of school
Published 7:34 pm Friday, July 31, 2009
The budget for children to return to school next Friday may be down a little this year, and for some parents who are struggling in this recession are thankful for the tax-free shopping days the state legislature again passed this year.
“I waited for tax-free days to buy anything for school,” said Christine Nichols, who was shopping at Kmart Friday for her two children’s back-to-school supplies.
Nichols said she would normally budget approximately $1,000 for back-to-school supplies and clothes. But this year, she’s cut her budget down to $600.
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Nichols was with her daughter, Alexis Musgrove, 15, a upcoming freshman at Bainbridge High School, and Sarince Cook, 9, an upcoming third-grader at West Bainbridge Elementary. They had just returned from the freshmen orientation at the new high school, which is holding a public open house and tour on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Lisa Burke said she’s saving too from tax-free shopping days, which are often combined with store specials.
Burke was shopping for a niece and nephew set to go to Potter Street Elementary School, and her 1-year-old son who is starting day care. She figures to spend about $150 for each child’s back to school supplies.
The sales tax holiday began Thursday and will run through Sunday, Aug. 2.
According to the Georgia Department of Revenue, during the sales tax holiday period, a sales-tax exemption applies to purchases of tangible personal property in the following categories:
Articles of clothing. The exemption applies to articles of clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item. Clothing accessories such as handbags, umbrellas, cuff links, handkerchiefs, jewelry, key cases, wallets, watches and watch bands, and ponytail holders and/or similar hair products are not exempt.
Personal computers. A single purchase of $1,500 or less of personal computers and/or related accessories is exempt. If the single purchase exceeds $1,500, the entire transaction is taxable.
General school supplies. The exemption applies to the purchase of general school supplies with a sales price of $20 or less per item.
The exemptions are intended for an individual’s personal use.