No tax-free back-to-school shopping in Georgia again

Georgia families will have to hop across the border to Alabama, Florida, South Carolina or Tennessee for tax-free shopping weekends.

For the second consecutive year, Georgia does not have a tax-free shopping weekend to help parents with their back-to-school shopping.

Legislators did not support House Bill 796 sponsored by state Rep. John Corbett (R-Lake Park) in the spring. The bill was seeking to create tax-free weekends for Aug. 4-5 and Sept. 29-30. 

Lawmakers have to approve legislation annually because back-to-school tax-free shopping weekends are estimated to cost the state, counties and cities about $70 million in lost revenues.  

Families who live close to neighboring states of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee can hop across the border to shop on these weekends:

Alabama's tax-free weekend is July 20-22. Eligible items include certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing. For more information, visit https://revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/sales-tax-holidays/.

Tennessee’s tax-free weekend is July 27-29. Eligible items include clothing that is $100 or less, school supplies and school art supplies costing $100 or less, and computers for $1,500 or less. For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday.html

Florida’s tax-free weekend is  Aug. 3-5. Eligible items include certain clothing that are  less than $60 per item, and certain school supplies that cost less than $15 per item. For more information, visit http://floridarevenue.com/pages/default.aspx

South Carolina’s tax-free weekend is Aug. 3-5. Eligible items include clothing, accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, and linens. For more information, visit https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.