Georgia back-to-school tax holiday starts Friday

State DOT suspends construction near shopping districts

By Monica Whitsel - Associate producer , Associated Press
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ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia Retail Association is reminding residents that the state's tax holiday is quickly approaching and the Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to suspend construction within five miles of shopping centers or major shopping districts to accommodate shoppers.

Officials say state and local sales taxes in most Georgia counties will be waived between Aug. 1 and 2. Officials say the tax exemption applies to computers, software and more worth less than $1,000, clothes and shoes worth less than $100 per item, and school supplies worth less than $20 per item.
    
Georgia Retail Association Executive Director Taylor Byrd says the tax holiday is good for retailers and Georgia families. Byrd says increased business during the tax holiday period is "good for our economy, because it means more work hours and higher payrolls."
    
GRA officials are expecting a back to school and college savings of about $2 billion statewide.

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Transformation officials say construction within five miles of shopping centers or major shopping districts throughout the state will be suspended.  Road work won't take place from Friday night to Saturday night.  

GDOT officials say drivers should still exercise caution despite construction being put on hold.  They say drivers should expect heavy traffic during the weekend. 

Transportation officials say drivers should beware that emergency-related lane closures could still happen throughout the tax holiday. 

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