By Matthew S.L. Cate
ATLANTA The Georgia Senate today gave unanimous final approval for a sales tax holiday for school supplies and energy-efficient appliances.
The temporary tax break applies to clothing, computers, school supplies and federally designated energy-efficient appliances at Georgia stores Aug. 3-Aug. 6.
It will start one day before a similar no-tax period in Tennessee, assuming Gov. Sonny Perdue signs it into law.
Most Northwest Georgia counties have a 7 percent sales tax rate 4 percent state sales tax and three 1 percent local option sales taxes.
The tax exemption would apply to regular school supply items less than $21 per item. Clothing items and some accessories at or below $100 each also would be exempt, as would computers and approved accessories under $1,501.
Also exempt will be energy-efficient appliances and home improvement items under $1,501 each. The exemption applies only for items deemed energy-saving by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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