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State announces sales tax holiday dates

In this 2012 file photo, Rory Hunkele, of Buford, shops for school clothes at Target in Lawrenceville with her daughter Lyndsay Dronko and niece Mallory Michanowicz.

In this 2012 file photo, Rory Hunkele, of Buford, shops for school clothes at Target in Lawrenceville with her daughter Lyndsay Dronko and niece Mallory Michanowicz.

ATLANTA - Cost-conscience shoppers take note, the dates for Georgia’s statewide sales tax holiday are less than a month away.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has announced Aug. 9 and 10 as the “back to school” sales tax holiday where selected items will be tax exempt as children, families and teachers prepare for the school year. DOR Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie called the weekend an excellent opportunity for parents to save money on basic necessities.

Last year was the first year the state scheduled the holiday since 2009, because of the economic downturn.

Among the items included are clothing and footwear that is $100 or less per item, single purchases of personal computers and computer-related excessories that are $1,000 or less. Also, general school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20 or less are on the list.

The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands. Also excluded are cellular devices, furniture and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use.

The first day of school for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Buford City Schools and Barrow County Schools is Aug. 7. Other metro-area districts also begin before the holiday, such as Cobb County on Aug. 7 and Forsyth County on Aug. 8.

Sean Casey, a spokesman for the DOR, said the date for the sales tax holiday is set by the General Assembly.

“There was an attempt to change the dates for this August during this past Session,” Casey said. “The bill it was tacked onto did not pass out. The reason it was not passed out had nothing to do with the tax holiday.”

At least 17 states have sales-tax holidays this year for school-related items. A similar holiday is scheduled for Oct. 4-6 in Georgia for energy-efficient products.