August 1, 2007
For the second year in a row shoppers will enjoy a break from paying state and local retail taxes on school supplies and clothing.
Starting Friday, just after midnight, shoppers will be relieved of paying the 5% sales tax on school supplies up to $20 per item and clothing and shoes costing up to $100.
The typical pencils, crayons and paper are included in the tax exemptions, and so are things like diapers, bathing suits and aprons. Accessories like briefcases, cosmetics and wigs are not exempt.
Some malls will extend their hours to cash in on the tax free holiday and some consignment and thrift stores also are taking advantage of shoppers wanting to spend.
The back-to-school savings won't be the only break this year for shoppers. The General Assembly approved a four-day holiday set for
October that exempts certain energy-efficient appliances.
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