State’s final tax free weekend proves bittersweet for some

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Submitted: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:59am
Updated: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 3:10pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the final day of the last tax free weekend for North Carolinians, and crowds flocked to some Wilmington stores to catch all the good deals.

Shelves lined with notebooks, crayons, and pencils, aisles jammed pack with parents looking for bargains, and taxes nowhere to be found. All the ingredients needed for a successful back to school, tax free weekend.

“Real simple. We got everything we needed here.” shopper James Parker said. “We’re in and out in less than an hour, so we’re good.”

It’s good for more than one reason.

“It’s always good when you don’t have to pay taxes,” Parker said.

Parker says the final tax free weekend is bittersweet for him and his family.

“Yeah, you know, we could have something from the state,” Parker said. “It’s nice that we can do this. They should do this I feel but you know, sometimes they have to make hard decisions, and sometimes they have to take away things that help everybody.”

Another shopper says she likes the tax free weekend because it helps her parents, and in turn, helps her.
“That means she saves more money for us to go out to eat and buy more stuff,” shopper Lauren Monroe said.

But she was highly disappointed when she found out this is the last tax free weekend ever.

“Oh no, that would be pretty bad,” Lauren said. “That’s pretty bad.”

Her little brother says he is just excited to start the first grade.

“It is going to be very exciting in first grade, I hope so,” Jacob Monroe said.

Target spokesperson, Matt Merritt says getting rid of tax-free weekend could impact sales.

He says while there are no official plans for next year, he thinks the company will definitely have a special deal to make up for the lost holiday.

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7 Comments on "State’s final tax free weekend proves bittersweet for some"

2015 years 8 months ago

the second busiest “season” for most retailers.
You can say all you want that 7% isn’t much but you are seriously down playing the impact this has on the corporations in NC that know how important back to school sales are to them.
When the corporations start complaining, maybe then Gov McLiar will listen.


2015 years 8 months ago

That $7.00 must be making or breaking the state of North Carolina because they sure as hell want it, so you see that .07 cent on the dollar probably mean just as much to the citizens as it does to the state. If that measly .07 cents doesn’t mean anything the state of North Carolina shouldn’t want it….it’s just another tax grab by the GOP!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

If you ever had to scrape the bottom of the barrel, you wouldn’t realize how much $7 could be to someone. And you don’t have to drive around long in SC to find savings on gas. I filled up in Little River yesterday for 30 cents less per gallon than what I could get it for in Brunswick County.

Guest Vader
2015 years 8 months ago

I would rather have that 7% in my pocket than to give it to the government to give away. As for sales tax on the internet, been a lot of discussion, but it is a long way off. Why should a merchant in any given state be required to collect taxes for the other 49? It most likely will remain as is, basically an honor system on state income tax returns.

Snarkmeister General
2015 years 8 months ago

Guest9743, you struck the nail dead center on the head! These CONservatives who hijacked the Republican Party would reach elbow deep into a bucket of “slop” to be sure that there isn’t a stray nickel in it.

Guest it only 7 cents
2015 years 8 months ago

$0.07/ dollar savings. you would have saved a whole $7.00 on every $100.00 you spent. I really do not see that making or breaking anyone. I bet you drive around for a $0.01 savings on gasoline too. Don’t be getting to excited about no tax on internet purchases. That too is coming to an end.

Guest Vader
2015 years 8 months ago

It is really sad the the Republicans did away with the tax-free weekend. The NC tax reform helps no one but the wealthy. It means less tax for big business, which is what most politicians of both parties are all about. It probably will even out for the middle class, but for those on fixed incomes and lower wage scale workers, it will hurt them. South Carolina will probably benefit next year, as many from Brunswick County will cross the state line to spend their money, like they do now to buy gas. and other online retailers will also benefit, as they never charge sales tax and many times shipping is free. They will get my business.