Bill hopes to reenact tax free holiday weekend in NC


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The weekend designed to help ease the costs of buying school supplies may be returning to North Carolina. A bill has been proposed in the senate to bring back a tax free weekend to the state.

Senate Bill 147 will bring back the tax free holiday.

It ended four years ago as part of a tax reform measure signed into law by former Governor Pat McCrory.

The weekend was designed for families to buy school supplies, clothes and computers without paying a state sales tax. Representative Deb Butler says she is happy to see the move to bring the holiday back.

“I think people; especially middle income and working families really look forward to that day so they can buy school supplies, clothing and equipment for computers and different things for their children.” Butler said.

“Oh I think it would be wonderful, especially for parents who are buying school items and clothes and those types of things that children need going back to school.” Wilmington native Tannis Nelson said.

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association says the sales tax holiday was the second most profitable weekend of the year behind Black Friday. The tax free holiday first went into effect in 2002.

The bill is currently in a senate committee.

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