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Sales tax holiday dates set

Shopping boost for start of school

POSTED: July 18, 2013 12:27 a.m.

The state revenue department has announced that this year’s sales tax holiday will be held Aug. 9 and 10.

For those two days, shoppers won’t have to pay tax on most school supplies, clothes and computers.

The holiday is geared toward back-to-school shopping, giving parents relief on buying clothes and supplies for their students, as well as teachers, who purchase new items for their classrooms.

“Teachers spend so much of their own money in the classroom,” said Judi Jenkins, system business and community relations facilitator. “I definitely think teachers will take advantage of it for their kids and their class … it adds up.

Jenkins said it’s also a great savings for families. As young children grow out of clothes and need new supplies for school, having even a small percentage of savings can help, Jenkins said.

“And if you can save on a big purchase like a computer, that will be even better,” she said. “It’s a good thing for families.”

Clothing items less than $100 are exempt from the tax, but accessories including jewelry, handbags, umbrellas and watches are not. Computers that cost less than $1,000 are exempt, as are tablets and many computer accessories like printers, routers, monitors, memory and non-recreational software.

School supplies that cost less than $20 each are included in the holiday, as are children’s books, dictionaries and thesauruses. Briefcases, envelopes and other books are not included.


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