Shoppers gear up for tax holiday
Back-to-school sale runs from July 30 to Aug. 2

ATLANTA - Some area parents and students may have to do some last-minute back-to-school shopping this year.

Within days of the first day of the new school year in Newton and Rockdale counties, the state is holding its sales tax holiday, a time period when many families buy much of their school supplies and clothing.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. July 30 and continuing until midnight Aug. 2, families and other shoppers across Georgia won't have to pay state sales tax on many school supplies, clothing and footwear and computers and accessories.

Gov. Sonny Perdue uses this holiday to help back-to-school shoppers save on their spending. Both Newton and Rockdale County public school systems are scheduled to begin the 2009-10 school year Aug. 3, one day after the holiday ends. Some teachers and some school staff, who also tend to take advantage of the holiday and sometimes the sales that accompany it, already are setting up their classrooms and work areas and will be until school begins.

Like the last two years, tax exempt items during the holiday include general school supplies up to $20 per item, clothing and footwear up to $100 per item and single purchase of personal computers and related accessories up to $1,500.

School supplies that are exempt include backpacks, calculators, glue, binders and folders, paper, pencils, blank discs and daily planners.

Exempt clothing and footwear include shirts, pants, skirts, jackets, undergarments, belts, hats and sleepwear.

Computers and accessories that are exempt include antivirus software, educational software, computer monitors, keyboards, printer cartridges, scanners, USB cables and Web cameras.

Items that still will be taxed during the holiday include medical supplies, general clothing accessories, handbags, rented or leased items, batteries, action and adventure computer games and software, digital cameras and books that aren't children's books, dictionaries and thesauruses, among other items.

A complete list of exempt and nonexempt items is available at www.dor.ga.gov.

From Oct. 1 to 4, Georgia will have a state sales tax holiday on water- and energy-efficient products that cost $1,500 or less for noncommercial home or personal use. More information about that holiday will be released from the state Department of Revenue at a later date.

SideBar: Georgia Sales Tax Holiday

· When: 12:01 a.m. July 30 to midnight Aug. 2

· Where: Stores statewide

· More Information: www.dor.ga.gov

Exempt Items:

· General school supplies up to $20 per item

· Clothing and footwear up to $100 per item

· Single purchase of personal computers and related accessories up to $1,500

Nonexempt Items:

· Books that aren't children's books, dictionaries and thesauruses

· Medical supplies

· General clothing accessories

· Handbags

· Rented or leased items

· Batteries

· Action and adventure computer games and software

· Digital cameras