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Tax Break for the Shoppers

For all the bargain-hunters out there, the District is offering its sales tax holiday timed with the post-Thanksgiving rush. Starting today through Dec. 7, the District will offer shoppers an exemption from the usual 5.75 percent sales tax for clothing, shoes and accessory items costing $100 or less.

The exemption applies to each item, regardless of how many items are purchased on the same bill.

The tax holidays are part of the legacy of outgoing D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large). The other tax-free holiday traditionally is timed with the start of school.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 28, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  City Finances  
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OK, raise your hand if you were aware of the fact that the District had declared a tax holiday to coincide with the Black Friday shopping event? I didn’t think so.

This promotion should have been trumpeted from the mountaintops, weeks before Black Friday. What’s the point in waving the tax if you aren’t going to make an effort to let people know about it before they’ve made the decision to drive to their favorite mall in VA or MD? The city stood to gain a few thousand shoppers at the expense of its neighbors. Instead, the effort was rolled out as a surprise that shoppers would only learn about once they were at the register. A missed opportunity; poorly executed.

Posted by: IHeartDC | December 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Where have you been, IHeartDC? The sales tax break has been in effect for years and years. Twice a year. It's the stores that should be heavily promoting it. Do a little research, and oh, welcome to DC. You obviously are pretty new. Did you also know that we have Wi/Fi many places? Yes that was sarcasm.

Posted by: mrstraighttalk | December 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Born and bred, mrstraight. Thank you very much.

Since it's such common knowledge, would you be so kind as to post the dates for the next DC tax holiday?

Posted by: IHeartDC | December 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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