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Saturday February 6th, 2016 1:37PM

Deal signs law extending tax-free shopping holidays

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Georgians can count on at least two more years of tax-free shopping holidays for school items and energy-efficient appliances.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed the extension into law after it was approved by the Legislature earlier this year. It designates tax-free weekends for back-to-school shopping Aug. 1 and 2 and for energy-efficient dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances Oct. 3-5.

Officials estimate the combined two years of tax breaks will cost the state roughly $145 million.

The tax measure Deal signed also includes a sales-tax exemption for Georgia food banks worth an estimated $2.5 million over two years
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