Parents Give Mixed Opinions on Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

By: Karen Campbell Email
By: Karen Campbell Email

While some kids are enjoying the last days of summer, many parents are focusing on back to school.

"My son needs a boatload this year and he's going into third grade," said Ashley Repass.

Repass, who also has other children, says the good news is that she's already done all of her school shopping ahead of this weekends tax free holiday.

"Even though you're saving about five bucks, it's not really worth it. Merchants usually have enough merchandise out and with the sales and the coupons they give it makes up for it," said Repass.

Starting Friday, parents won't have to pay Virginia's five percent state and local sales tax.

Qualified school supplies selling for $20or less and qualified clothing selling for $100or less will be exempt from sales tax.

Angela Lawson has two children and says she's ready.

"We were going to go last weekend, but because it is a tax free weekend, we waited unti this weekend," said Lawson.

Several stores, like Best Buy, will be ready for the crowds.

"I expect some of our usual traffic, so if you don't want to be in one of those swamped places, this might be a good place to get some of your computer things this weekend," said David Wyant, a Geek Squad employee at Best Buy.

According to Repass, some of the best stores are the big named stores.

"Walmart has some good deals and Staples is one of my favorites," said Repass.

Another incentive to get out this weekend?

"We do price match. If we have the same item, of course we'll be able to price match whatever price their offer too to give you the best deal possible," said Wyant.

"Right now every penny is good, every penny we can save," said Lawson.

For more information on qualified school supplies and qualified clothing, lob onto http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=SchoolSuppliesAndClothingHoliday


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