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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday 2016

July 26, 2016
Young boy holding shopping bags.

This weekend, July 30 and 31, certain items will be exempt from sales tax while we get ready to send our kids and ourselves back to classes. With families out looking for the best deals and the added tax incentive, this will be a busy weekend, so prepare yourself for the crowds and some great deals!

Take a glance through the following lists to get an idea of what kind of tax-free purchases you can make this weekend. This is not an exhausted list, but feel free to check with the Georgia Department of Revenue for more examples.


Save a little money with a tax-free first-day-of-school outfit! All clothing under $100 each are exempt from sales tax.

Examples include:

  • Athletic Clothing
  • Baby Clothes
  • Belts
  • Costumes
  • Dresses
  • Diapers
  • Hats
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks
  • Underwear

Clothing accessories — such as jewelry, handbags and cosmetics — will still have sales tax applied.


Electronics are a big way to save on tax this weekend. Computers, computer components, and prewritten software under $1,000 each are tax-free as long as you purchase them for noncommercial or personal use.

Examples include:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Book Readers
  • Computer Cables, Batteries and Docking Stations
  • Mouses
  • Prewritten Computer Software
  • Printers and Cartridges
  • Scanners

Sales tax will still be applied to items like cell phones, computer bags, copy machines, digital cameras, game systems, projectors, surge protectors and TVs.

School Supplies

Here are the items that make this sales tax holiday so timely — the school supplies. Basic school supplies that are under $20 each will be tax-free.

Examples include:

  • Art Supplies
  • Binders
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Index cards
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils, Pens, Markers and Highlighters
  • Reference Books, Textbooks, Maps and Globes
  • Rulers, Compasses and Protractors
  • Scissors

Good luck getting through the crowds and finding the deals this weekend. Happy shopping!

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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