Sales Tax Holiday Being Considered

At The Liberty Shop in Meridian, back to school clothes shopping is big business. The store has its own wing, devoted solely to school uniforms.

Every year around August, owner Robbie Hales says things get pretty busy.

"It's a big part of our business for that time of year," Hales said.

And a bill that has passed the Senate could help that even more. That bill would create a weekend of sales tax-free shopping for clothes under $100.00. It would be the first weekend of August, just before school starts back.

Supporters of the bill see it as a way to help people save a little money on back to school shopping, while stimulating the local economy, drawing people from across the state line to buy tax-free stuff.

"While they're here, they're going to spend money on other items," said Sen. Terry Burton of Newton. "They're going to eat out. They're going to buy items that aren't included in the sales tax. So I think it's an economic development opportunity."

Opponents of the bill say they're concerned about the effect it will have on sales tax collections, but supporters say it would be minimal.

Robbie Hales sees dollar signs for her and for her customers.

"I think it's a win-win for the retailer and the parent. I don't think there's a negative to it," Hales said.

If it passes, thousands of parents would probably agree this August.


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