Items exempt from sales tax
Clothes and shoes that cost less than $100 per item.
Personal computers and personal computer accessories that cost $1,000 or less in a single purchase.
General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.
Items not exempt
Clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands.
Electronics such as cellular devices, furniture, and computer accessories designed for recreational use.
Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.
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Shoppers will catch a break today and Saturday as the Georgia Sales Tax Holiday draws crowds to the stores.
For these two days, sales taxes will be dropped on approved “back-to-school” items such as clothing, electronics and classroom supplies.
Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce President Phyllis Thompson said area businesses are prepared for the onslaught of shoppers looking forward to saving money on purchases.
The tax break doesn’t apply to everything, but a complete list of exempt items can be found online at https://etax.dor.ga.gov/.
Thompson said shoppers will likely target clothing stores as well as retail outlets that offer clothing as well as electronic and classroom supplies.
“We will see a large increase in customers this weekend,” said Skye Mercer, an assistant manager at Statesboro’s Walmart.
The tax holiday’s relatively late date, falling 10 days after Bulloch County public schools started the 2012-13 school year, has drawn complaints from parents.
But the region’s colleges are gearing up for their fall semesters.
Considering Statesboro is home to Georgia Southern University, Ogeechee Technical College and a campus of East Georgia State College, electronics likely will be a huge draw, Mercer said.
In preparation for larger-than-normal crowds, staff from other Walmart stores will help the Statesboro location today and Saturday, she said.
“With the college students, it does take a lot more hands-on,” Mercer said. “We will be staffing up on the front end.”
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.