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Tax Free Shopping starts

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 31, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you need to school shop, now's the time. The tax-free holiday started today, and from now until Sunday, the 4% state sales tax and local sales taxes are waived on clothes and other school items.

Whether your child loves school, or doesn't much care for it, school is starting back within the next few weeks all over South Georgia. For Charlie Sheppard, that means buying new clothes and gear for her two high school aged daughters.

She said, "I told them, 'let's get up this morning. It's tax free. Let's go get some stuff.'" A couple outfits each. Charlie doesn't just look for the tax free benefit, she looks for the bargains and that's why she comes to Roses. "Anyway I can save a penny," she said.  "I'm serious, I'll do it."

As will Synthia Walker. She has four little ones all going back to school. She wasn't even aware that today started the tax free holiday, but she sure was happy to see it. "I had to come anyway," she said, "so I saw the sign outside so I was like, that was a good thing, no tax added, so I'll just take a kick out of that too." As the kids, kick off the new school year.

Clothes and shoes less than $100 are exempt from sales tax. Computers under $1500 and general school supplies less than $20 are also exempt.

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