Georgia shoppers will have an opportunity to save a little money now to save much more down the road.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week that a tax holiday that will allow anyone purchasing select energy-saving appliances to be exempt from paying the associated sales tax.
The holiday is scheduled this weekend, Friday through Sunday, and is applicable to items carrying Energy Star and WaterSense labels.
Energy Star and WaterSense are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnership programs that encourage the use of energy-efficient and water-efficient products.
“I encourage everyone to play their part in maintaining our environment by participating in the tax-free holiday to save money and, ultimately, conserve Georgia’s resources,” Deal said in a news release announcing the holiday.
The Energy Star and WaterSense sales tax holiday will apply to: dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, doors and windows that have the Energy Star label; and bathroom sink faucets, high-efficiency toilets and urinals, showerheads, faucet accessories (such as aerators), and weather or sensor-based irrigation controllers that have the WaterSense label, according to the governor’s office. Only items that have a purchase price of $1,500 or less are eligible for the sales tax exemption.
The state and local sales tax exemption will not apply to items purchased for business use, or items rented or leased.
“Through the sales tax holiday, Georgians will have the opportunity to show their commitment to the stewardship of our state’s natural resources,” said Kevin Clark, the executive director of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
The sales tax holiday was reinstated under the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan.
For more information on Georgia’s Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday and to obtain a list of eligible products, people can visit www.gefa.org or www.etax.dor.ga.gov.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.