"Tax Free Holiday" may come too late for many
For the first time in three years, Georgia will have a sales tax holiday. The holiday is meant to save families money on back to school supplies but the timing of the event may come too late for many in central Georgia.
Edward Vogel and his wife, Diane, are owners of Georgia School Supply. This morning they received news on the return of the sales tax holiday.
"We're happy," said Edward Vogel.
Now they have to get ready.
"The main preparation we have is to get more staff on board," said Vogel.
Vogel is expecting a big rush. Because previously the tax holiday was a four day weekend, this year its just two. While it will be a big boost in business, it's still bitter sweet.
"I wish it would have been a little bit earlier," said Vogel.
The date is set for August 10 and 11. Many schools will have already started or set to start the following Monday.
"Teachers will have already bought most of what they wanted," said Vogel.
Teachers like Angie McKie of Vidalia, who reports to work August 1. The few supplies she bought today netted over five dollars in sales tax, something she said could have been helpful.
"I could have bought a few more things here," said McKie.
She says she would also like to see a more convenient date sometime earlier in the summer.
"June, July even," said McKie. "Especially July since that's right before most school systems get started."
And much needed time for parents to prepare also.
"This would have been a big help to them, with all the school supplies they have to buy and the clothes," said McKie.
But despite the timing, McKie says the holiday return is much needed help.
"It helps, it does help when you don't have to worry about the taxes on every little thing."
Georgia School Supply will offer a layaway plan for the tax holiday. Shoppers qualify if they purchase a minimum of $50 worth of merchandise and a $10 down payment.