Tax-free weekend is here

For a lucky few, this weekend is just like any other. Maybe a little yard work, a round of golf, just routine.

That’s because they don’t have school-aged children.

For others, namely those gearing up for a new school year that seems to start earlier and earlier, it’s time for the mad dash to complete the dreaded school supply list. And as the first day will probably be in June at the rate we’re going, so too is the supply list ever expanding.

What happened to the teacher handing out a No. 2 pencil at the start of the year? Students would bring a spiral notebook and were ready to go. Now we need colored pencils – specific colors, mind you – colored pens, a myriad of notebooks, tissues, glue, pink erasers, rubber bands, calculators, loose-leaf paper, colored paper, ruled paper, unruled paper, rulers, tape …

And let’s not forget the new backpacks to put all that stuff in. That stuff alone will probably break the backs of a few kids and that’s before they’ve even added the books.

Then there are new outfits to purchase. Not only clothes, but the proper foot attire as well. Let’s face it, no one wants to be seen as uncool and not “in.”

All of this will set us back a big chunk of change.

Fortunately, the state of Georgia has implemented a tax-free weekend – all school-related supplies, computers and clothing will be exempt from state and local sales taxes. It’s a break we all could use. And even more fortunately, the exempt weekend is before school starts.

By the time you read this, the tax-free weekend is already in effect, starting at 12:01 a.m. today. The free weekend runs through midnight Saturday. Clothing and footwear under $100 are exempt; computers and related parts and software are, too, provided they are under $1,000. School supplies under $20 also are exempt.

It won’t be a Brown Thursday or Black Friday, but there’s sure to be plenty of parents – and kids – out shopping. Just take your time and be polite. Everyone is in the same boat.



More Opinion

Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!? Some members of the East Coweta High School Marching Band were burned ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on unswerving ideals: He epitomized the expression "doing well by doing good." His chicken sandwiches made ... Read More


The president and ISIS

The greatest threat facing America is terrorism. Today, that terrorism shows its face through ISIS. They rape, torture and kill men, women a ... Read More


Take a moment

On this day in 2001, at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!? A pit bull terrier was put down after being stabbed at the local PetSm ... Read More

Georgia Says

Albany (Georgia) Herald on Internet thieves: The idea of privacy is becoming more novel by the day. Technology has changed life over the pas ... Read More