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July 26, 2013

Many locals back-to-school shopping prior to sales tax free holiday



Some items not tax exempt during the sales tax holiday include jewelry, handbags, cosmetics, umbrellas, eyewear, digital cameras, gaming software and consoles, televisions, cellular devices and furniture.

At least 16 other states also have tax-free periods planned this year, mostly for spending on school items. Georgia has had an annual sales tax holiday for more than a decade, except from 2009 to 2011 when state leaders ended the tradition when the Georgia’s tax revenue plunged.

The Milledgeville Walmart store will kick off the sales tax weekend at midnight Aug. 9 and end at midnight Aug. 10. The local Belk store will expand hours during the sale tax weekend from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. OfficeMax, Big Lots, Kmart, JC Penney and T.J. Maxx plan to operate during regular business hours.

For more information about the sales tax holiday and tax exempt items, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website at

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