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2013 Georgia Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through Georgia's Sales Tax Holiday

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Georgia's sales tax holiday applies to certain clothing, school supplies, books and computers. 2012 marks the first year Georgia has offered a sales tax holiday since 2009. The state offers two sales tax holidays -- one in August for back to school items and one October 4-6 for energy- and water-efficient products.

Neighboring states Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee also hold sales tax holidays with their own guidelines and eligible items for back-to-school savings.

Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Dates

August 9-10, 2013

Clothing Exempt from Georgia Sales Tax

Each article of clothing and footwear $100 or less is exempt from sales tax. Items eligible are:
  • Baby Clothes
  • Bandannas
  • Bathing Suits
  • Belts and Belt Buckles
  • Blouses
  • Boots
  • Caps and Hats
  • Cleated and Spiked Footwear
  • Coats
  • Coveralls
  • Diapers (cloth and disposable, adult and baby)
  • Dresses
  • Formal Clothing
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Graduation Caps and Gowns (not rented)
  • Helmets
  • Hosiery and Tights
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jogging Suits
  • Jumpers
  • Leg Warmers
  • Leotards and Tights
  • Overshoes and Rubber Shoes
  • Pants
  • Raincoats and Ponchos
  • Shawls and Wraps
  • Shirts
  • Shoes and Laces
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Suits
  • Sweaters
  • T-Shirts
  • Ties
  • Undergarments
  • Uniforms

School Supplies Exempt from Georgia Sales Tax

School supply limits are $20 per item on:
  • Appointment Books
  • Backpacks
  • Book Bags
  • Book Covers
  • Book Markers
  • Calculators
  • CD/DVD/Floppy Disks (blank)
  • Chalk and Erasers
  • Clipboards
  • Compass
  • Composition Books
  • Computer Supplies
  • Construction Paper
  • Crayon Box
  • Crayons
  • Daily Planners
  • Dictionaries
  • Dividers
  • Duffel Bags
  • Easel Pads
  • Erasers
  • File Jackets
  • Flash Cards
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Graph Paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Ink
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Labels
  • Loose-leaf Binders
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Memo Books
  • Notebooks
  • Organizers
  • Paper (notebook, printer or pads)
  • Paper Clips
  • Paste
  • Pencil Box
  • Pencil Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Portfolios
  • Poster Board
  • Protractors
  • Rubber Bands
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Staplers
  • Sticky Notes
  • Tape
  • Thesauruses
  • Whiteout

Books Exempt from Sales Tax

Books must be $20 or less and be intended for children. Titles that qualify are:
  • Books for children from infancy through 12th grade written for learning purposes
  • Most books found in the children's section of the bookstore
  • Books on a school's official reading list
  • Books on a school's summer reading program

Computers Exempt from Sales Tax

Personal computers and accessories $1,500 and under are exempt, including:
  • Batteries (computer only)
  • Car Adapter for Laptop
  • CD/DVD/Floppy Disks (blank)
  • Computer Cables
  • Disk Drives
  • Computer Supplies
  • CPUs
  • Database Software
  • Docking Station
  • Hard Drive
  • Keyboard
  • Memory
  • Microphone
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • Motherboard
  • Mouse
  • Personal Digital Assistant Devices (not part of a cell phone)
  • Port Replicators
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Printers (including "all-in-one" models)
  • Router
  • Scanners
  • Screen Projectors (monitor type)
  • Software (non-recreational)
  • Speakers (computer)
  • Storage Devices
  • USB Memory Devices (computer only)
  • Web Camera
  • Zip Drives

Taxable Items

Clothing accessories, jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, watchbands and similar items are taxable. Newspapers, magazines, textbooks, self-help and parenting books do not qualify. Georgia's Department of Revenue has published a full list of items that do not qualify for the tax exemption.
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