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Sales-tax holiday gets under way

Posted August 2, 2007
Updated August 1, 2008

— Shoppers will be able to purchase computers, clothing and many back-to-school supplies this weekend – all without having to pay state and local sales taxes.

North Carolina's sales-tax holiday began Friday at 12:01 a.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Clothing, footwear and school supplies costing less than $100 per item; sporting goods and recreation equipment costing less than $50 per item; and computers and some computer accessories costing less than $3,500 are exempt from sales taxes.

Legislators voted nearly six years ago to erase the sales tax for three days during the year. Each year since then, officials said North Carolina consumers have saved between $8 million and $12 million.


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  • concreteman Aug 4, 2007

    On the 6 PM broadcast, the reporter said that with a tax free holiday, the taxes wouldn't be going to "Uncle Sam". It would be real nice if they knew which level of government the sale tax is being collected!

  • scot30 Aug 4, 2007

    "Anyone know why bridal clothes are included in the tax free weekend?"

    All clothing is included in the tax free weekend as long as it's under $100 per item. A bride-to-be isn't going to go out and get her dress tax free unless she can somehow manage to find one for under $100.

  • hawk_fan Aug 4, 2007

    What I don't understand is why schools have to pay sales tax for the supplies they purchase for students. If a teacher is allotted $200 for classroom supplies, there is really only $186 for supplies. $14 might not seem like much, but it could purchase 3 more reams of paper or several boxes of pens. It just seems like schools should be tax-exempt when ordering supplies.

    For those of you who needed school supply lists, be certain to suggest to your principal to send lists home with final report cards. As others mentioned, if lists aren't available suggest the school posts them on its web site; it's helpful for students who move in later in the school year, too.

  • Zarah Aug 3, 2007

    "If you want tax free days then vote Rebublican in NC."

    There's not enough money in the world to make that happen. {lol}

  • Tired Of Excuses Aug 3, 2007

    Tax free sporting goods...let's define WHAT sporting goods please WRAL. I bought a duffle bag for my son to carry his sporting good equipment in and it wasn't "on the list" but a back pack was...??? I had to pay tax on it but not until I got into a lengthy discussion with one of the cashiers, who got a MAJOR attitude when I was only wanting to see this "list". There's a long list of things from the NC dept of Revenue that are tax free. If I had been buying baby blankets I would have been fine. If NC is going to do a tax free day, it should be for everything.

  • lpf88 Aug 3, 2007

    It's not the 6.75% that draws me out as much as the actual sales most stores put on. Belks is having a HUGE store-wide clearance event. I pretty much only buy sneakers and jeans this time of year. I saved $100.00 shopping fresh mark downs this morning.

  • Local_Moderate Aug 3, 2007

    P.S. It does worry me that the tax-free weekend does not coincide with the many different school schedules. It doesn't seem fair that the folks whose kids started in June/July have to shop before they know what it is that they need to buy. Most school systems are so overwhelmed with work - they don't publish a "needed supply list" until very late in the game.

  • Local_Moderate Aug 3, 2007

    The tax-free weekend does help. My kids needed $100 calculators (required, not optional), and we desperately needed a functioning computer. The tax savings $57.

    Similarly, if you're low-income and you're buying for several kids, the $7 on a cart full of school stuff is still $7.

    On the flip side, it does make for huge headaches when you're at the typical "school supply" store... people do seem to swarm and shove...

  • -info- Aug 3, 2007

    I have 3 school age kids I buy all their school supplies around the end of June and dont buy anything else the rest of the year except for special projects I pack 3 crates full..I hate crowds so what ever I save isnt worth my nerves......

  • fyiarp Aug 3, 2007

    Wow, do people really think this is discriminatory towards people without children? I haven't shopped on this weekend before because I haven't needed to and, well, I don't go for sales that I'll just save 6.75% on. But it seems to me that you don't have to have children to take advantage of it unless it's really only children's clothes and supplies that are exempt from the tax. But I would say I don't see how this tiny benefit, if truly directed at parents with school-age children, is fair to the growing number of parents with kids in year-round schools. I don't see this holiday lasting, at least not un-changed. Maybe they'll change it to take year-rounds into consideration. But it's probably just to add another holiday to boost sales anyway.