Viewpoint: Buy school stuff, tax-free

There's good news and bad news when it comes to Georgia's sales tax holiday!

The good news? After over a year off, Georgians will be able to get a tax break on school supplies, computers, and clothes.

The bad news? Many across the state won't be able to get those breaks until AFTER their school districts start the new school year.

This year's tax holiday is slated for the weekend of August 10th and 11th. Dougherty County students return to school August 6th as do Atlanta's students.

The Associated Press notes that students in Houston County will return even before then. August 1st is their date.

According to the National Retail Federation, A parent with one child in school will spend an average of $603 and of course, we have to multiply that for those parents with more than one child.

Fortunately during the tax-free weekend, shoppers can avoid paying the state tax on clothing items under $100; electronics such as computers and accessories; and general school supplies under $20. Every little bit helps!!!

While there are parents across the state who are disappointed with the dates selected for this much- needed and much-anticipated benefit, we are sure there is gratitude for the return of the holiday!

Hopefully next year, legislators will select dates that will be more beneficial to more Georgia parents BEFORE their children head back to school!