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Georgia Sales Tax Holiday

  • Aug 7, 2012 | Susan McLain

Georgia will celebrate their sales tax holiday August 10-11, 2012.

During the holiday, Georgia shoppers can purchase “[c]lothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item,” without paying sales tax.

Other items that will be sales tax exempt include a single purchase of a computer “…with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less” and school supplies “…to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.”


Items that will not be exempt from sales tax during the holiday include clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands. Examples of exempt items include:

  • Aprons
  • Athletic supporters
  • Baby receiving blankets
  • Bathing suits and caps
  • Caps and hats
  • Corsets
  • Costumes
  • Dresses
  • Ear muffs
  • Formal wear
  • Helmets
  • Leg warmers
  • Rainwear
  • Shoe laces
  • Uniforms
  • Vests

Examples of non-exempt (or taxable) items include:

  • Baby bibs
  • Briefcases
  • Diaper bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Hard hats
  • Life jackets and vests


“[C]ellular devices, furniture and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use…” are not exempt from sales tax during the holiday. Some examples of exempt items include:

  • Batteries for a computer
  • Computer cables
  • Electronic book readers
  • Data storage devices such as DVDs, CDs, flash drives
  • Keyboards
  • Microphones
  • Motherboards
  • Printer cartridges
  • Printers
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Speakers
  • Web cameras

Items that will be non-exempt (or taxable) include:

  • Regular batteries
  • Music CDs or video DVDs
  • Computer bags
  • Digital cameras
  • Game systems and consoles
  • Projectors
  • Rented computers or computer accessories
  • Surge protectors
  • Televisions


“General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item,” such as:

  • Appointment books
  • Bookmarks
  • Calculators
  • Composition books
  • Daily planners
  • Dictionaries
  • Erasers
  • Glue
  • Ink
  • Labels
  • Lunch boxes
  • Pencil boxes
  • Sticky notes
  • Thesaurus

Examples of non-exempt (taxable) items during the holiday:

  • Books other than children’s books, dictionaries and thesauruses
  • Briefcases
  • Envelopes
  • Medical supplies

The Georgia sales tax holiday will “…commence at 12:01 A.M. on August 10, 2012, and conclude at 12:00 Midnight on August 11, 2012….”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”