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Georgia Back to School Savings 
Already thinking about back-to-school checklist?

Can you believe school is already lurking around the corner? Don’t stress the
kiddos out just yet. They have a few more weeks to enjoy summer camps and waking up later. But, as a parent, we do need to turn our attention to what is needed before school begins.

As you make your list, remember that the state of Georgia’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, and it is coming up Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5. (In October there is another sales tax holiday for energy- and water-efficient products, including air conditioners and Energy Star appliances.)

Who can participate in this sales holiday? Anyone! You don’t have to be a student or parent of a student to reap the benefits.

So, what is tax-free?

1 – Clothing: Each article of clothing and footwear $100 or less is exempt from sales tax.

Items eligible include:

    • Baby Clothes
    • Bandannas
    • Bathing Suits
    • Belts and Belt Buckles
    • Blouses
    • Boots
    • Caps and Hats
    • Cleated and Spiked Footwear
    • Coats
    • Coveralls
    • Diapers (cloth and disposable, adult and baby)
    • Dresses
    • Formal Clothing
    • Gloves and Mittens
    • Graduation Caps and Gowns (not rented)
    • Helmets
    • Hosiery and Tights
    • Jackets
    • Jeans
    • Jogging Suits
    • Jumpers
    • Leg Warmers
    • Leotards and Tights
    • Overshoes and Rubber Shoes
    • Pants
    • Raincoats and Ponchos
    • Shawls and Wraps
    • Shirts
    • Shoes and Laces
    • Shorts
    • Skirts
    • Socks
    • Sleepwear
    • Suits
    • Sweaters
    • T-Shirts
    • Ties
    • Undergarments
    • Uniforms


2 – School Supplies and School Art Supplies:The limit on school supplies is capped at $20 per item. Not all, but most of the items you can buy without having to pay sales tax during the tax free weekend include:

  • Appointment Books
  • Backpacks
  • Book Bags
  • Book Covers
  • Book Markers
  • Calculators
  • CD/DVD/Floppy Disks (blank)
  • Chalk and Erasers
  • Clipboards
  • Compasses
  • Composition Books
  • Computer Supplies
  • Construction Paper
  • Boxes of Crayons
  • Crayons
  • Daily Planners
  • Dictionaries
  • Dividers
  • Duffel Bags
  • Easel Pads
  • Erasers
  • File Jackets
  • Flash Cards
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Graph Paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Ink
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Labels
  • Loose-leaf Binders
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Memo Books
  • Notebooks
  • Organizers
  • Pads
  • Printer Paper
  • Paper Clips
  • Paste
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Pencil Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Portfolios
  • Poster Boards
  • Protractors
  • Rubber Bands
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Staplers
  • Sticky Notes
  • Tape
  • Thesauruses
  • Whiteout

3 – Books Exempt from Sales Tax - Books must be $20 or less and be intended for children in order to be exempt from tax.

Titles that generally qualify include:

  • Books for children from infancy through 12th grade written for learning purposes
  • Most books found in the children's section of a bookstore
  • Books on a school's official reading list
  • Books on a school's summer reading program

4 – Books Exempt from Sales Tax

Personal computers and accessories $1,500 and under are free from sales tax during the tax free weekend, including:

  • Batteries (computer only)
  • Car Adapter for Laptop
  • CD/DVD/Floppy Disks (blank)
  • Computer Cables
  • Disk Drives
  • Computer Supplies
  • CPUs
  • Database Software
  • Docking Stations
  • Hard Drives
  • Keyboards
  • Memory 
  • Microphones
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • Motherboards
  • Mouse
  • Personal Digital Assistant Devices (not part of a cell phone)
  • Port Replicators
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Printers (including all-in-one models)
  • Scanners
  • Screen Projectors (monitor type)
  • Software (non-recreational)
  • Speakers (computer)
  • Storage Devices
  • USB Memory Devices (computer only)
  • Web Cameras
  • Zip Drives

Taxable Items

Clothing accessories, jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands are taxable. Newspapers, magazines, textbooks, self-help, and parenting books do not qualify. Find the detailed list of items that do not qualify for the tax exemption on Georgia's Department of Revenue’s website.

About JHM Certified Public Accountants
Since its founding in 1977, JHM Certified Public Accountants has grown to specialize in accounting, auditing and tax services to nonprofit organizations. Additionally the firm serves a diverse range of business clients throughout the Southeast Tennessee/North Georgia region, ranging from small start-ups to large corporations, with a significant concentration of clients in the construction, hospital, nonprofit / governmental and assisted housing industries.

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