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Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

Posted August 8, 2010
Updated August 9, 2010

— North Carolina shoppers are taking advantage of the state’s sales-tax free holiday this weekend by stocking up on items, like school supplies.

Jan and Travis Smith went to a Cary Target on Sunday to buy items their children need for school.

“We’re stocking up on all our school supplies and taking advantage of the tax-free weekend,” Travis Smith said.

Cindy Sills was also there with her mother getting what she needs to start her first year of college at Wake Tech.

“It's my last one leaving the nest,” mother Lisa Sills said of her daughter. "She's got to learn how to wash her own clothes. So I got her laundry detergent."

The tax-free holiday has retailers working overtime to keep shelves full. A Cary Target employee said the store was packed this weekend with shoppers looking to save money.

"I really appreciate it (sales-tax holiday). It really helps out a lot. I wish they would do it more often,” Lisa Sills said.

N.C. shoppers getting sales-tax break N.C. shoppers getting sales-tax break

State sales tax is 5.75 percent. Local taxes bring it to 7.75 percent in most counties. The annual tax holiday was started several years ago to help families purchasing back-to-school supplies, but it also includes other merchandise.

The tax exemption covers:

  • Clothing, shoes and school supplies that cost $100 or less each
  • Instructional materials, like textbooks and globes, that cost $300 or less per item
  • Sports equipment – from mouth guards to baseball gloves – priced at $50 or less each
  • Computers with a sales price of $3,500 or less (Note: The sale of a computer monitor, keyboard, mouse or speakers is only tax-free if bought as part of a computer package.)
  • Computer supplies, like a flash drive or printer, as long as they are $250 or less per item

The tax-free holiday ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.


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  • imsosorry Aug 9, 2010

    I had already bought all my child needed for school before this weekend, but just to be sure I went out and compared prices to see which way I saved more, notebooks that I purchased for .25 were .94 this weekend. It amazes me how stores bump up their prices because they know people are going to be out and they THINK they are saving. I can tell you, I saved more by shopping early than I would have if I waited for tax free weekend. And, I got to see how stupid people act when they think they are saving a dollar !!

  • itsnotmeiswear Aug 9, 2010

    "Shotguns are tax free"....????

    I guess I missed this provision. LOL.

  • mdsmks Aug 9, 2010

    Pretty good deal for big ticket items, but for the small stuff, I agree, not worth the $7.75. However, we saved big on college textbooks for our two college age children. Most folks don't think about buying text books during the tax free weekend.

  • uncw40oz Aug 9, 2010

    never good when you spend $100 to save $7....unless you buy an expensive item (ie. computer), then it's not really worth it. couldn't pay me to get in that mess. seems like it's more for retailers than consumers.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 9, 2010

    "DontLikeTheSocialistObama: What items? - Cahulawassee"

    Computer related items and school supplies like Crayola markers.

  • Cahulawassee Aug 9, 2010

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama: What items?

  • Bendal1 Aug 9, 2010

    The only "group" that benefited from the tax-free weekend were the people who went shopping, "readme". The goods that were tax-free weren't limited to school supplies and children's clothes. How about doing some reading before opening your mouth and demonstrating your ignorance next time?

  • Mark G Aug 9, 2010

    To "readme"'s remarks: I understand what you are saying, however, this particular tax-free event was not geared to any one group. Anyone could take advantage of it.

    Plus, the states are going broke not because of not collecting enough taxes, but because of terrible mismanagement of funds, ridiculous spending sprees of OUR money and corruption. The state collects tons more money than it has to have to provide the necessary, and I emphasize necessary, services to the citizens.

  • Mugu Aug 9, 2010

    I really find it amusing that white out is not tax free... neither are belts. Shotguns are tax free... so if you see some gun toting kids with their pants on the ground, thank our government.

  • readme Aug 9, 2010

    I know this seems petty, but this is just more distribution of wealth. Any time a tax break goes to one group, it's the same as taking more from another group. They need to apply the tax code more consistently and keep it simple. Also of the states are going broke, they need to not have sales tax holidays.