It's the last tax-free back-to-school weekend

It's the last tax-free back-to-school weekend

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 11:37 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The last back to school sales tax holiday is this weekend for North Carolina shoppers.

Lesley Cedrone, who likes to shop, is ready.

"Of course it is something I look forward to," Cedrone said.  "Who doesn't look forward to tax free weekend?"

The tax savings range from 7.25-percent in Mecklenburg County to 6.75-percent in Gaston, Union, and Lincoln counties.

Tom Bartholomy of the Better Business Bureau says shoppers can do even better if they look for stores running good sales.

"If they are having 20-percent off, plus you get the 8-percent off not paying tax then it becomes a lot more significant," Bartholomy said.

Samantha DeRosa said she was ready to take advantage of the tax holiday.

"I received a list of about $130 worth of items my child is required to have for kindergarten," she said.

But many shoppers were disappointed because this would be the last year for the tax holiday in North Carolina.

The legislature voted to end it saying the state lost $13.6 million in tax revenue.

While this will be the last tax holiday in North Carolina, South Carolina will continue to carry on with the practice.

Some merchants now worry that next year they will lose back to school business as shoppers head south across the state line for the extra savings.

Items that are tax exempt include clothing, shoes and boots, and computers, including tablet computers with a price tag of $3,500 or less.

Malls including SouthPark, Northlake and Concord Mills are also planning on extended hours through Sunday. To view store hours, click here.

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