Shoppers, stores looking forward to South Carolina tax holiday

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Mike Rhoden of Augusta browses through the computers at Office Depot in North Augusta on Wednesday.

Eleanor Lane of North Augusta is gearing up for South Carolina’s sales tax holiday.


She’ll be shopping for her four grandchildren.

“One granddaughter would like a new computer, and of course always, there’s school supplies that we can save a little money on,” Mrs. Lane said while shopping today at Belk Department Store in North Augusta.

Mrs. Lane looks forward to the tax savings “especially on a large item such as a computer.” She wishes the holiday could be held more than once a year.

South Carolina’s sales tax holiday starts Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday at midnight. During this time, the six percent state sales tax and local sales tax will not be imposed on clothing, clothing accessories, school supplies, computers and linens, according to the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Customers get to stretch their dollars, but South Carolina loses approximately $2.9 million in tax revenue, said Adrienne Fairwell, public information director for the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Tarah Alexander, 17, of South Augusta plans to head to South Carolina for the savings. She bought some items during Georgia’s sales tax holiday last weekend, but she tried unsuccessfully to buy school supplies.

“Everything was gone this past weekend. I definitely need some clothes for school,” she said.

Retail stores also look forward to the holiday, said Stella Northington, store manager at Belk.

“We’re expecting the (traffic) is going to be very strong. We have a really big back-to-school sale going on, as well as we’ve just taken new markdowns. Back-to-school is huge for us,” Ms. Northington said.

She expects the holiday to be even busier this year because the store won’t have to compete with Georgia retailers. Last year, the states held their sales tax holiday on the same weekend.

Still, some consumers won’t be hitting the stores this weekend. Becky Jones of North Augusta was shopping for school supplies at Office Depot.

“I’m here today. I’m not fooling with it this weekend. I was going to, but it’s not worth six cents sales tax. It’s the traffic. It’s going to be like Christmas time, and I’m not ready for Christmas yet,” Ms. Jones said.

“I’m afraid if I come Friday or Saturday, they won’t have what I need anyway. They’ll be sold out,” she said.


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