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Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Starts July 31, 2015


 Antique clothing is tax free during Georgia's 2015 sales tax holiday.

Georgia’s 2015 back-to-school sales tax holiday runs July 31 through August 1. During that time, state and local sales tax does not apply to qualifying school supplies, computers, and clothing.

Exempt

  • Clothing and footwear with a sale price of $100 or less per item (pair), including but not limited to the following:
    • Antique and vintage clothing
    • Athletic clothing
    • Costumes
    • Girdles
    • Lingerie
    • Socks
  • Computers, computer components and prewritten software with a sale price of $1000 or less, purchased for noncommercial home/personal use, including but not limited to the following:
    • Computer batteries and cables
    • Car adaptors for laptops
    • Compact disk drives and data storage devices
    • Docking stations for computers
    • Keyboards and mouses
    • Monitors and motherboards
    • Printers and printer cartridges
    • Scanners
    • Web cameras
  • School supplies with a sales price of $20 or less per item, purchased for noncommercial use, including but not limited to the following:
    • Binders
    • Blackboard chalk
    • Calculators
    • Clay and glazes for artwork
    • Compasses
    • Pencils, pens and erasers
    • Glue, paste and paste sticks
    • Index cards
    • Legal pads and notebooks
    • Lunch boxes
    • Rulers and scissors
    • Textbooks, workbooks and writing tablets

Taxable

The tax-free period does not apply to numerous items, including but are not limited to the following:

  • Baby bibs
  • Briefcases
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Cellular telephones
  • Clothing accessories or equipment
  • Computer bags
  • Copy machines
  • Cuff links
  • Digital camera
  • Envelopes
  • Fanny packs
  • Handbags
  • Janitorial supplies
  • Jewelry
  • MP3 players and accessories
  • Medical supplies
  • Regular batteries (not for computers)
  • Supplies used in a trade or business
  • Umbrellas
  • Televisions
  • Watches

The Georgia Department of Revenue provides an incomplete list of taxable and exempt items. Retailers with questions about specific merchandise are advised to contact the department. It is the responsibility of the seller to properly charge – or not charge – sales tax.

Like Georgia, Mississippi has a tax-free period the weekend of July 31-August 1 and Arkansas provides one August 1 and 2. In fact, more than a dozen states are offering dozens of sales tax holidays in 2015. Sellers doing business in multiple states will undoubtedly be affected by at least some of them.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.