• 68°

Tax-free weekend offers chance to save on school items

By Drew Sechler
dsechler@salisburypost.com
School is on the horizon for area students and that means it’s time to buy school supplies. But parents and others buying supplies can get a break: The state’s annual sales-tax-free weekend starts Friday and continues through Sunday.
Paying no sales tax on purchases can mean quite a bit of savings for somebody who has a long shopping list like most parents do.
According to BIGresearch, the average family spends nearly $550 on school supplies each year.
Cindy Martin, special education teacher at Millbridge Elementary, says she intends to take full advantage of the opportunity.
“I take advantage of the tax-free weekend for my own children’s school supplies and my classroom as well,” Martin said.
Martin noted that teachers’ supply budgets have been cut this year. At the request of the school system, county funds usually earmarked for classroom supplies were instead used to save some positions threatened by state cuts.
“It is necessary for teachers to use every opportunity to equip the classroom with basic supplies at the lowest cost possible,” Martin said.
Local retailers such as Wal-Mart and Office Depot are ready for the business they will get this weekend.
Wanda Hinson, co-manager at the Salisbury Wal-Mart, says the store expects to do a lot of business in clothing.
“Last year was really good,” Hinson said about the 2008 sales-tax holiday.
Hinson added that sales are “a little higher” during the tax-free weekends.
The state imposes stipulations on the amount a shopper can spend on certain items and qualify for the tax benefit. Clothing must be $100 or less per item; sport or recreational equipment, $50 or less per item; computers, $3,500 or less; computer supplies, $250 or less per item; school supplies, $100 or less per item; and school instructional material, $300 or less per item.
So get your shopping shoes on this weekend and get those much-needed school supplies, tax free.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Blotter: April 13

Coronavirus

County switches vaccines for Livingstone clinic after federal, state guidance

Coronavirus

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

Education

Superintendent talks first 100 days, dives into district data

Business

‘It was an answer to a call:’ TenderHearted Home Care celebrates 10 years of providing care at home

News

Political Notebook: Local polls find increasing number of North Carolinians want COVID-19 vaccine

News

Trial begins on challenge to latest NC voter ID law

Local

Burch, Fisher, Marsh honored as 2021 recipients of Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Award

Landis

Landis board talks revenues, budget planning, department updates

College

College baseball: Catawba rolls 7-1 and 24-1

Nation/World

Student fires at officers at Tennessee school, is killed

Nation/World

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

Crime

Man receives consecutive prison sentences for sex offenses

Education

RSS Board of Education approves Faith Elementary sale

Coronavirus

Rowan Health Department receives 400 Pfizer, 800 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for week

Crime

Blotter: Accident in Food Lion only weekend shooting to produce injuries

Crime

Salisbury man charged with felony drug crimes

Crime

Second person charged in thefts from house near county line

Crime

Police use tear gas to end robbery stand off, arrest suspect

Local

Ask Us: When will Rowan Public Library’s West Branch open?

Nation/World

Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

Nation/World

Officer accused of force in stop of Black Army officer fired

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with hitting man with car, fleeing while intoxicated

Local

‘Meet the need’: Rowan County Health Department looks to add to vaccination options