Governor Nathan Deal - Georgia’s 82nd Governor (2011-2019)

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Deal announces start of statewide tax-free holiday weekend

August 10, 2012


Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the start of the state’s tax-free holiday weekend. The sales tax-free holiday was reinstated under the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan. The tax reform package, derived from the recommendations of the Georgia Competiveness Initiative, fulfills one of Deal’s campaign promises to reduce the tax burden on hard-working families. This is the first time since 2009 that Georgians have been able to participate in a tax-free holiday for back-to-school items.
“The reinstated sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgia families to fulfill some of their needs as our students go back to school,” said Deal. “While our state’s economy continues to grow, we will continue to work in a pro-family and pro-business manner to lessen the burden on Georgia taxpayers.
“This tax exempt holiday could not have been possible without the responsible leadership of the General Assembly, and it is my hope that Georgians get out this weekend and take advantage of this opportunity.”

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget estimates the two-day holiday will save Georgians up to  $66 million. Under the law, the holiday started today at midnight and will conclude at midnight, on Aug. 11. In Oct. of this year, the state will enjoy tax exemptions on green energy purchases. To read the tax reform package in its entirety, click  here.