ALBANY — Retailers are preparing to handle an expected increase in crowds during this weekend’s sales tax-free holiday, which allows residents to receive a tax break on back-to-school items such as supplies, computers and clothing in advance of the new school year.
The tax holiday is slated to begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and conclude at midnight Saturday. During this period, certain items purchased by shoppers will be exempt from the 4 percent Georgia sales tax and any other local sales taxes.
Because of the savings potential, many business experts — including Taylor Byrd, executive director of the Georgia Retail Association — believe retailers will see increased store traffic during the tax holiday.
“Everyone loves a tax break,” Byrd said Tuesday in a statement. “Georgia families enjoy the sales tax holiday and retailers usually enjoy a nice increase in store traffic. The increase in business is good for our economy.”