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2015 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

July 30, 2015

This weekend select items will be exempt from sales tax as we prepare for the new school year. From July 31 to August 1 (Friday and Saturday), certain clothing, computers and school supplies won't have Georgia sales tax applied. This is always a busy weekend, so expect big crowds, hustle and bustle, and some great deals!


This weekend you can get your new back to school outfit tax free. The Georgia Department of Revenue even considers footwear to be clothing, so you can stock up on new shoes too! As long as the sales price is $100 or below, the exemption applies.

For example, tax free items you could buy include:

  • Bathing suits
  • Blouses
  • Dresses
  • Diapers
  • Hats
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Socks
  • Underwear

However, accessories are not included in this exemption. That means jewelry, purses, watches, umbrellas, cosmetics, etc. will still have sales tax applied.


One of the big ticket items of this weekend each year: Computers. As long as you're purchasing a computer, certain software or computer components for noncommercial or personal use and as long as it's $1000 or less, no sales tax will be applied.

Some examples include:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Monitors
  • Docking stations
  • Hard Drives
  • Printers
  • Scanners

However, certain items will still have sales tax added. That includes regular batteries, computer bags, digital cameras, projectors, surge protectors, TVs, etc.

School Supplies

Bring the list from your child's teacher to the stores this weekend! The majority of the items on their list will be sales tax free — as long as it's $20 or less.

  • Binders
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Crayons
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils, Pens, Highlighters
  • Scissors

For a full list of taxable and non-taxable items, check in with the Georgia Department of Revenue. Happy shopping!

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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