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State Representative John Forgety Encourages Residents To Utilize Annual Sales Tax Holiday

(NASHVILLE) — With the beginning of a new school year right around the corner, State Representative John Forgety (R-Athens) is encouraging the families who live in House District 23 to utilize the state’s annual sales tax holiday to save on items such as clothing, school and art supplies, as well as computer purchases.

Tennessee’s annual Tax Free Weekend is set for July 27-July 29. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 27 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. This holiday was established by the General Assembly in 2006 and has been held every year since; tax-free purchases include clothing valued at $100 or less, school or art supplies costing $100 or less, and computers priced at $1,500 or less.

“Our annual sales tax holiday is another way we are helping the citizens of our community meet the growing needs of their families while also enabling them to save more of their hard-earned money,” said Representative Forgety. “This event is also important as it relates to supporting our local businesses, and it sparks the economies right here in McMinn and Monroe Counties.”

Since 2011, House Republicans have cut more than $800 million in taxes in an effort to put more money back into the pockets of hardworking Tennesseans. These include completely phasing out the inheritance tax, eliminating the gift tax, raising the exemption level on the Hall tax and scheduling its complete phase out over the next 2.5 years, reducing the sales tax on groceries by almost 30 percent, slashing taxes on Tennessee’s manufacturers in order to recruit new industry, and lowering the amount of property tax owed by veterans, the disabled, and the elderly.

“The cost of school supplies can truly restrict a family’s budget,” Forgety continued. “It is my hope that this opportunity will give our households a little more financial flexibility moving forward.”

For more information about the state’s annual Tax Free Weekend, please visit:

John Forgety serves as Chairman of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules and House Civil Justice Committee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. He lives in Athens and represents House District 23, which includes McMinn and part of Monroe County. Forgety can be reached by email at: [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-1735.

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