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Tax-free weekend arriving later

Special to SEGAZINE

The sales tax holiday is returning to Georgia for back-to-school shoppers, but the savings might be a bit too late for some people in Glynn and Brantley counties.

Public schools reopen in Glynn County Aug. 8, one day after they open in Brantley County.

The sales tax holiday, in which the state waives the sales tax from qualified purchases, will be Aug. 9 and 10.

Public schools in Camden County open Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 in McIntosh County.

Tax-free items include general school supplies with a sales of price of $20 or less, computers and computer-related accessories with a sales price of $1,000 or less and clothing items and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less.

For Amanda Kirkland, president of the Glynn County Parent-Teacher Association and mother of five, having the special event fall after school starts is actually ideal.

“I see it as a positive thing. A lot of times, we don’t know exactly what we’ll really need until the students are back in the classroom,” she said.

“I know a lot of people get excited and it drives sales, but the reality is that you end up getting a lot of stuff you don’t need anyway.”

Kirkland, whose children are entering pre-kindergarten through seventh grade this year, has done a lot of school supply shopping in the past and ended up with a pile of unneeded supplies and less money in her pocket.

The basics will do for the first few days of school, she says, and then teachers will be able to better identify exactly what will be needed, so parents can shop during the tax-free holiday.

Stores in Glynn County will be ready, though some owners feel the timing of the sales tax holiday could be better.

The timing is especially inconvenient for those children who look forward to starting school in new outfits.

“If it was the weekend before school started, it would be tremendous,” said Frank Still Jr., owner of Gentleman’s Outfitters in Glynn Place Mall in Brunswick.

“I think the impact will still be helpful, but I don’t see parents telling their children, ‘You can’t have the new shoes or clothes until after school starts.’”

When the state first started the tax-free weekends, sales were through the roof and it generally hit the Golden Isles at a great time, Still said.

He still likes the sales tax holiday.

“I’d rather have it two days after school starts than not at all,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some families who have set aside some funds to shop again during the weekend.”

via The Brunswick News

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