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Sales tax holiday for school prep this weekend

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The first weekend of August brings sales tax relief for many shoppers in North Carolina. Beginning 12:01 am on Friday, August 5, 2011, through 11:59 pm Sunday, August 7, 2011, North Carolina shoppers will not have to pay sales tax for many items in preparation for the school season. Products purchased do not have to be used for school purchases so it represents a great weekend to buy a computer for the house or stock up on diapers.

Listed below are the categories of items and their per item maximum prices:

  1. Clothing including everything from general apparel to diapers, costumes and wedding apparel ($100)
  2. Sports and recreation equipment ($50)
  3. Computers including tablets and netbooks ($3,500)
  4. Computer supplies including printers and printing supplies ($250)
  5. School supplies ($100)
  6. School instructional material including workbooks ($300)

A list of items exempt are listed on pdf at North Carolina Department of Revenue.

What businesses are required to participate or whether fabrics are exempt can be found in FAQ's listed with the website.

Several Durham-based independent and franchise businesses have merchandise to fit these parameters. According to studies noted by Independent Durham, for every $100 spent at an independent local business, $45 stays in the community - three times more than with money spent at a national chain. Stores listed below represent independent and NC based franchises located in Durham.

9th Street Active Feet
725 Iredell Street
Durham, NC 27705
919.286.5101

A Sea of Learning
Northgate Mall
1058 West Club Blvd. Suite 420
Durham. NC 27701
919.361.2525

Bull City Running Company
Southpoint Crossing
202 W NC Highway 54, Suite 201
Durham, NC 27713
919.265.3904

Duke University Bookstore
Bryan University Center
125 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
919.684.2344

Intrex Computers
1125 W. NC 54 Hwy. #807
Durham, NC 27707
919.401.9595

Magpie Boutique
601 W. Main Street, Suite D
Durham, NC 27701
919.683.1981

Morgan Imports
113 S Gregson St.,
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 688-1150

NCCU Bookstore
705 East Lawson Street
Latham Parking Deck
Durham, NC 27707-4568
919.530.6445

Omega Sports
5426-B New Hope Commons Dr. 8200 Renaissance Pkwy.
Durham, NC 27707 Durham, NC 27713-6699
919.493.7603 919.361.9060

Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth Street
Durham, NC 27705
919.286.2700

Smitten... a sweet boutique
1105 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
919.530.1000

Vert & Vogue
brightleaf square
905 w main st, suite 24-b
durham, nc 27701
p: 919-251-8537

Wentworth & Leggett Rare Books
905 W Main St
BrightLeaf Square
Durham, NC 27701-2054
919.688.5311

List other local businesses that sell exempt merchandise in the comments below. Contact me with any compliments, concerns and future story ideas.

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