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(ATLANTA) -- With a new school year just weeks away, the Georgia Department of Revenue is holding its "back to school" sales tax holiday August 9-10. 

The weekend, however, comes after more than fifty thousand Central Georgia students have returned to school.

Students in Bibb and Houston schools are scheduled to return to class on Thursday, August 1.

There was an attempt by some lawmakers to move the dates to August first and second, but the proposal was attached to another bill Governor Nathan Deal vetoed for reasons that had nothing to do with the sales tax holiday. So, the dates for the second weekend in August stand.

"The 2013 sales tax holiday represents an excellent opportunity for parents to save money on basic necessities when getting their children ready for the upcoming school year in Georgia," said DOR Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie.  

Clothing and shoes costing $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax, along with single purchases of $1,000 or less of personal computers and computer-related accessories. 

Also, general school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20 or less per item are exempt from sales tax. 

2013 sales tax holiday fact sheet, provided by the Georgia Department of Revenueetax.dor.ga.gov/salestax/holiday

Clothing
During the August 9-10 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt: Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands.

Computers
During the August 9-10 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt: Single purchases, with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less, of personal computers and personal computer-related accessories. The exemption excludes cellular devices, furniture, and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use. 

School Supplies
During the August 9-10 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.

Exemptions do not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.

(11alive.com contributed to this article

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