Tax Free Weekend recap

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Families prepping for the upcoming school year-or those looking to stock up on supplies during hurricane season-will want to take advantage of Virginia's sales tax holiday beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continuing through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

What had become known as Louisiana's "Back-to-School Sales Sales Tax Holiday" would have been Friday and Saturday.

Logan County residents pay a 7.25 percent sales tax between applicable state and local taxes, meaning shoppers will save $7.25 for every $100 spent this weekend. We did see a lot more influx of that market.

For the impulse buyers out there, there is no rule that purchases made during Tax Free Weekend have to be final. "That way throughout the year, they have a little bit more to spend".

State Sen. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, expects Ohioans to save millions of dollars this year on back-to-school shopping. The list includes diapers, baby clothes, bathing suits and steel-toed shoes.

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An important distinction is that sports and recreational equipment is not considered clothing, and is not tax exempt during this weekend.

Back in January, Walker stopped at the La Crosse Airport, holding a Spider-Man backpack touting the sales tax holiday, along with the recently completed $100 per child tax credit - which pundits also called an election gimmick. School supplies shall also include computer software having a taxable value of $350 or less.

If you haven't gone back to school shopping yet, this weekend will be the time to do it.

School instructional materials are defined by the state tax department as, "reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks and workbooks". For example, if a retailer sells a pair of trousers during the sales tax holiday for $75 and also charges $10 to alter the trousers, then the entire charge of $85 is exempt from the sales or use tax.

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