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Tax free holiday doesn't go far enough

Friday and Saturday you can get a sales tax break on most clothing and footwear you buy. The tax free holiday was designed to give families a little help with back to school shopping.

The holiday gives you a seven percent savings on any eligible item that costs less than $100. That can add up. For example if you buy five shirts that cost $40 a piece, then you would save $14 on the $200 bill. That does help stretch a budget.

But, we think Mississippi's tax free holiday does not go far enough. All three of our neighboring states, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana, include computers and school supplies as part of their tax free holidays. But that's not the case in our state.

Alabama gives its residents tax relief on school supplies up to $50. Also Alabama's tax free holiday allows a person to spend up to $750 on a computer before having to pay any sales tax.

Since Mississippi holds the tax free weekend so close to the start of school, we believe the tax break should be expanded to include school supplies and computers. If you agree ,contact your local state legislator and ask him or her to amend the bill to include school supplies and computers.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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