2018 Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Dates and Information

Back-to-School Savings Through Georgia's Sales Tax Holiday

The 2018 Georgia sales tax holiday applied to certain clothing, school supplies, books, and computers. The state offered two sales tax holidays—one right before school began for school-related items, such as clothes and school supplies, and one in October for energy-and water-efficient products, including air conditioners and Energy Star appliances. 

Neighboring states Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee also held sales tax holidays. They had their own guidelines and eligible items for back-to-school savings. Neighboring state Florida also offered ​sales tax holiday dates and information. Some years, Florida has sales tax holidays and some years it doesn't.  However, when it does, the tax-free period usually lasts for 10 days.

Here you'll find the 2018 Georgia sales tax holiday dates as well as the items that were eligible.

Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Dates for 2018

Saturday, August 4–Sunday, August 5, 2018

Clothing That Was Exempt From Georgia Sales Tax

Each article of clothing and footwear $100 or less was exempt from sales tax. Items eligible included:

  • Baby Clothes
  • Bandannas
  • Bathing Suits
  • Belts and Belt Buckles
  • Blouses
  • Boots
  • Caps and Hats
  • Cleated and Spiked Footwear
  • Coats
  • Coveralls
  • Diapers (cloth and disposable, adult and baby)
  • Dresses
  • Formal Clothing
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Graduation Caps and Gowns (not rented)
  • Helmets
  • Hosiery and Tights
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jogging Suits
  • Jumpers
  • Leg Warmers
  • Leotards and Tights
  • Overshoes and Rubber Shoes
  • Pants
  • Raincoats and Ponchos
  • Shawls and Wraps
  • Shirts
  • Shoes and Laces
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Suits
  • Sweaters
  • T-Shirts
  • Ties
  • Undergarments
  • Uniforms

School Supplies That Were Exempt From Georgia Sales Tax

The limit on school supplies was capped at $20 per item. Not all, but most of the items you could buy without having to pay sales tax during the tax free weekend included:

  • Appointment Books
  • Backpacks
  • Book Bags
  • Book Covers
  • Book Markers
  • Calculators
  • CD/DVD/Floppy Disks (blank)
  • Chalk and Erasers
  • Clipboards
  • Compasses
  • Composition Books
  • Computer Supplies
  • Construction Paper
  • Boxes of Crayons
  • Crayons
  • Daily Planners
  • Dictionaries
  • Dividers
  • Duffel Bags
  • Easel Pads
  • Erasers
  • File Jackets
  • Flash Cards
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Graph Paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Ink
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Labels
  • Looseleaf Binders
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Memo Books
  • Notebooks
  • Organizers
  • Pads
  • Printer Paper
  • Paper Clips
  • Paste
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Pencil Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Portfolios
  • Poster Boards
  • Protractors
  • Rubber Bands
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Staplers
  • Sticky Notes
  • Tape
  • Thesauruses
  • Whiteout

Books That Were Exempt From Sales Tax

Books had to be $20 or less and intended for children in order to have been exempt from tax. Titles that generally qualified included:

  • Books for children from infancy through 12th grade written for learning purposes
  • Most books found in the children's section of a bookstore
  • Books on a school's official reading list
  • Books on a school's summer reading program

Computers That Were Exempt From Sales Tax

Personal computers and accessories $1,500 and under were free from sales tax during the tax-free weekend, including:

  • Batteries (computer only)
  • Car Adapter for Laptop
  • CD/DVD/Floppy Disks (blank)
  • Computer Cables
  • Disk Drives
  • Computer Supplies
  • CPUs
  • Database Software
  • Docking Stations
  • Hard Drives
  • Keyboards
  • Memory 
  • Microphones
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • Motherboards
  • Mouse
  • Personal Digital Assistant Devices (not part of a cell phone)
  • Port Replicators
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Printers (including all-in-one models)
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Screen Projectors (monitor type)
  • Software (non-recreational)
  • Speakers (computer)
  • Storage Devices
  • USB Memory Devices (computer only)
  • Web Cameras
  • Zip Drives

Taxable Items

Clothing accessories, jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands were taxable. Newspapers, magazines, textbooks, self-help, and parenting books did not qualify. Georgia's Department of Revenue has published a full list of items on its websites that did not qualify for the tax exemption.

More States With Sales Tax Holidays

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Virginia