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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the start of the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday. The holiday will take place Aug. 1-2.

The sales tax-free holiday was reinstated under the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan in 2012 and extended for an additional two years through this year's tax reform package.

"Reducing the tax burden on hard-working families has always been a top priority of mine," said Deal. "This sales tax holiday will allow Georgia families to save money on those necessary items for school, and it is my hope that they get out this weekend and take advantage of this opportunity. I remain committed to maintaining our status as having one of the lowest per capita taxpayer burdens in the country, and I thank the General Assembly for working with me to make this weekend a possibility."

Shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on a variety of items costing $100 or less.

Here is a list of some of the tax exempt items. Some items you would expect, but some are a bit surprising:

  • Clothing such as dresses, pants and shirts
  • Footwear, including cleats and spiked shoes
  • Bathing suits
  • Underwear, including corsets and corset laces
  • Costumes
  • Shoe laces
  • Hand muffs
  • Football pads and athletic supporters
  • Formal wear
  • Diapers, for both children and adults

The following are some of the things you still will have to pay taxes on:

  • Handbags
  • Jewelry
  • Non-prescription eyewear
  • Baby bibs and crib blankets
  • Umbrellas
  • Watches and watchbands
  • Cufflinks
  • Cosmetics
  • Fanny packs
  • Wigs and hair pieces

Also exempt from taxes for the two days are certain computers and electronics costing $1,000 or less. These include:

  • Printers and printer cartridges
  • Scanners
  • Computer cables and batteries
  • Speakers and microphones
  • Laptop, desktop and tablet computers

Taxes will still be collected on:

  • Cell phones
  • Televisions
  • Copy machines
  • Digital cameras
  • Computer bags and cases for electronic devices

You can find a complete list of what will be taxed and tax-free in the attached PDF.

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