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SC, GA sales tax holidays under way

A tax free sign hangs in an Upstate store. (File/FOX Carolina) A tax free sign hangs in an Upstate store. (File/FOX Carolina)
Shoppers line up outside the Apple store in the Haywood Mall on Friday. (Aug. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) Shoppers line up outside the Apple store in the Haywood Mall on Friday. (Aug. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina's sales tax holiday is arriving just in time for back to school shopping.

The annual 3-day event began at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3.

During that time, the 6 percent state sales tax and any local sales taxes will not be imposed on items such as clothing, school supplies, computers and other items.

The sales tax holiday applies to the following types of items:

  • Clothing
  • Clothing accessories including, but not limited to, hats, scarves, hosiery, and handbags
  • Footwear
  • School supplies including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, bookbags, lunchboxes, and calculators
  • Computers, printers and printer supplies, and computer software
  • Blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, sheet sets, comforter sets, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs and mats, pillows, and pillowcases

The sales tax holiday does NOT apply to the following types of items:

  • Sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches
  • Sales of furniture
  • A sale of an item placed on layaway or similar deferred payment and delivery plan however described
  • Rental of clothing or footwear
  • A sale or lease of an item for use in a trade or business

Click here for a more detailed list of items exempt from sales tax and non-exempt items during the holiday.

Haywood Mall in Greenville will have extended hours and special events during the weekend. The mall will be open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, they will have a "Get in Gear" event with back-to-school activities, photo booths and performances by local talent in Center Court to kick off the school year. Both days will also include a fashion show with the latest trends at 2 p.m.

Staples is offering teacher's additional discounts as they shop for classroom supplies. Teachers enrolled in Staples Teacher Rewards program will receive a coupon for 25 percent off any purchase of $10 or more.

J.C. Penney is offering back to school promotions including $10 haircuts and $29.99 eyeglasses for kids along with $25 mini makeovers for mom at JCP Salons.

Georgia's sales tax holiday

In Georgia, shoppers have until midnight on Saturday to shop for some items without paying sales tax.

Items included in the holiday period are:

  • Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item
  • Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000 or less per item
  • School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less per item

North Carolina is going without the tax holiday for the first time since its inception in 2002. Last year, state lawmakers eliminated the holiday as part of a tax reform bill.

Click here for more information on what items are not included for the sales tax holiday.

Curious about additional tips on how to save money shopping in time for back to school? Check out "Cracking the Price Code" here.

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