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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

July 29, 2013
A boy happily holding shopping bags during the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

We’re two weeks away from one of the most anticipated weekends of the year: the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. Reenacted last year after a three-year dry period, the Sales Tax Holiday will continue this year.

On Aug. 9 and 10, selected items will have no sales tax added to them. These items typically include supplies needed for school such as:


CLOTHES (including shoes)

  • $100 or less per item
  • Examples: baby clothes, belts, caps, jackets, diapers, helmets, pants, scarves, shirts, skirts, socks, suits
  • Excludes jewelry, purses, umbrellas, eyewear, watches


  • $1,000 or less
  • Examples: batteries, car adaptors, laptops, tablets, flash drives, hard drives, microphones, mouses, printer cartridges, scanners, web cams
  • Excludes: cell phones, furniture, accessories, digital cameras, gaming software, surge protectors, TVs


  • $20 or less
  • Examples: book bags, calculators, chalk, crayons, dictionaries, folders, notebooks, lunch boxes, paper, thesauruses, rulers
  • Excludes: books (not children books), briefcases, envelopes

For a full list of all the items included and excluded take a look at the Department of Revenue’s Fact Sheet.

Updated January 13, 2016

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GeorgiaGov Writer Noralil Ryan ForesBethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.