Georgia to get sales-tax holiday at end of July

ATLANTA - Many Georgia residents will have a good reason to shop later this summer.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into legislation this month House Bill 120, which will remove the state sales tax on many school supplies, clothes and accessories and computers and accessories for four days in July and August.

This year's tax-free days are scheduled from 12:01 a.m. July 30 until midnight Aug. 2.

This period of time with no tax on certain items is meant to help back-to-school shoppers. Locally, both Newton and Rockdale County public school systems are scheduled to begin the 2009-10 school year on Aug. 3, just one day after the sales tax holiday ends. Teachers and many school staff members will report back to school several days before students for the new year.

Many details about the tax-free days have yet to be released, but a complete list of exempt items should be made available at www.dor.ga.gov.

For the past two years, tax-exempt items included school supplies such as backpacks, calculators, colored pencils, erasers, glue, folders, ink cartridges and daily planners up to $20 per item. Footwear and clothing items such as shirts, pants, belts, ties, jackets and sleepwear are traditionally exempt up to $100 per item. No sales tax was charged for personal computers and accessories like batteries, cables, disk drives and microphones up to $1,500.

The sales tax holiday also removes the state sales tax from water- and energy-efficient products from Oct. 1 through 4 for products that cost $1,500 or less for noncommercial home or personal use.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.