Bill would create a sales tax-free shopping weekend

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 5, 2011) – Representatives Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville (32nd District) and Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester (73rd District) announced Monday they are co-sponsoring legislation for the upcoming 2012 legislative session that seeks to create a sales tax-free shopping weekend shortly before the start of school for Kentucky’s elementary, secondary and postsecondary students.

“As a parent of two school-aged boys, I certainly understand the cost associated with purchasing clothing and school supplies before the start of school each August,” said Rep. Adams. “And with the cost to purchase these items growing each year, it’s essential we attempt to provide some type of relief.”

The proposal by Representatives Mayfield and Adams would establish one weekend a year shortly before the traditional start of school in August to exempt items normally purchased to start the school year. Those items including clothing up to $100, school supplies, including those needed for art class, calculators, glue and related items, computers up to a sale price of $1,000, and computer supplies, i.e. software, printers up to a purchase price of $500. If passed and signed into law the bill would go into effect in time for the start of school in the fall of 2012.

“Not only is this bill designed to lower the amount families have to spend on school supplies, it could also help boost overall retail sales for school related items like computers, software and other supplies,” added Rep. Mayfield. “Overall we believe this bill can be a win-win for retailers, Kentucky’s students and their families.”

There are currently 20 states, including Tennessee and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia that offered a tax-free shopping weekend or week in 2011.

The bill is pre-filed as BR 91 for the 2012 Regular Session.

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