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Stores hold their own 'tax free' sales

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Georgia isn't giving shoppers a sales tax holiday this year, but many retailers are slashing prices to attract back to school shoppers.

Albany JC Penney manager Joseph Iles says the sales tax holiday was a huge boost for business each year, the third busiest week of the year.

The state eliminated the tax holiday because of the budget crisis and need for the sales tax revenue.

Starting this Thursday, JC Penney is holding a tax relief sale. Everything in the store is reduced by a discount equal to the sales tax, on top of listed sales prices. 

"Well, JCPenney this year, because we're not having tax free, is going to allow customers to be able to come in and get what we call tax relief and that's basically equipment to what the state would have been offering for tax free," said Iles.

The tax relief holiday runs from Thursday through Sunday at JCPenney.

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