On Your Side: Tax Free not being observed at all businesses

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, July 31, 2008

AUGUSTA -- This is the time to buy school supplies; you can get them tax free all weekend long in both Georgia and South Carolina. But there are some places that aren't honoring this holiday.

You'll want to check your receipt before leaving the store if you're buying school supplies this weekend. Because with some stores, this tax free holiday isn't registering.

Stores all over the area will be bustling all weekend long. With school supplies being sold tax free, loads of folks are trying to take advantage.

From clothes to markers to just about anything your child needs for school will be cheaper this weekend.

It's a gift courtesy of the states of Georgia and South Carolina, but not everyone is honoring them. And that is against the law. 12 On Your Side went out to go find some of them.

We went in to buy pens and pencils and nothing else. Many stores did the right thing and didn't charge sales tax.

But some others like a BP on Washington road did not.

Reporter: "Did you know it was the sales tax holiday?
Store Manager: "No. It starts tomorrow doesn't it?"
Reporter: "No, it starts today."
Manger: "I thought it started on Friday."

And, it was the same story at the Sunoco on Walton Way.

Reporter: "Did you know we weren't supposed to get charged tax on school supplies?"
Managers: "Ah, no."
Reporter: "Yeah, there's no sales tax on school supplies."
Managers: "Ah, no tax. No tax on school supplies."

Also at the BP on Jones Street:

Manager: "That's tomorrow."
Reporter: "No ma'am, it's today."

All in all, four out of eight stores we checked did charge sales tax. Most seemed to not know when the holiday started, but they did assure of us one thing, they will make changes.

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