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Tax-free holiday ends at midnight

Photo by Jim Massara
Walmart cashier Andrea Walker said things have been “busier than usual” during the back-to-school tax holiday.

Photo by Jim Massara Walmart cashier Andrea Walker said things have been “busier than usual” during the back-to-school tax holiday.

MORROW — This weekend marks Georgia’s first sales-tax holiday since 2009, and sales of back-to-school items exempted from sales tax were brisk Friday, according to Clayton County merchants.

The tax break applies to clothing and footwear selling for less than $100 per item, single purchases of personal computers or peripherals selling for less than $1,000, and school supplies costing less than $20 per item.

Antoine Thomas, assistant manager of the Morrow Walmart, said they’ve prepared especially for increased business over the holiday.

“We’re making sure a lot of our items such as t-shirts, underwear and socks are well stocked,” he said.

Thomas said he noticed business start to pick up Friday and expects it to continue throughout the holiday, which ends at midnight Saturday.

“We’ve had a lot of foot traffic,” he said.

Cashiers Andrea Walker and Erika Murphy both noticed more customers shopping, but Murphy wasn’t sure it had anything to do with the tax holiday.

“It’s always busy around school time,” Murphy said while checking out a customer.