By James Folker
South Carolina’s annual sales tax holiday is this weekend and it could be as much of a boon this year to North Augusta retailers as it is to parents of schoolchildren.
That’s because Georgia’s legislators neglected to designate their own such tax holiday before adjourning. A steady stream of Georgians could be heading across the bridges to save at least six percent on school supplies, computers, clothes, shoes, bed sheets, bath towels and a host of other items needed by students from kindergarten to graduate school.
During South Carolina’s holiday, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Sunday, the state’s six percent sales tax “and any applicable local sales and use tax” will be waived on such purchases. Aiken County charges two percent local sales tax, so people who shop in North Augusta will save eight percent.
Online and mail orders can qualify, if the purchases are eligible items that are delivered to and paid for by the customer during the sales tax holiday, or if ordered and paid for by the customer and a retailer has taken action to fill the order during the three days.
Taxes will still apply, however, to purchases not deemed education-related, such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, items for use in a business, or placed on layaway.
For more information, call the Department of Revenue at (803) 898-5000 or email SalesandUseTax@dor.sc.gov.