Sales tax holiday runs through Sunday

Need a new refrigerator, clothes washer or ceiling fan?

This could be the time to make the purchase with Georgia holding a sales-tax holiday for water- and energy-efficient household goods.

The holiday starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, with the state and city exempting a number of products from sales tax withholding.

Items with a "Water Sense" or "Energy Star" label bought for personal use are eligible for the tax savings, which amounts to 6 percent locally. That includes the 4 percent state tax and the 2 percent sales tax in Columbus.

The city's sales tax dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent after a local option sales tax expired Tuesday night.

Products eligible for the tax exemption must be $1,500 or less. They include dishwashers, air conditioners, faucets, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, doors, windows and high-efficiency toilets.

Note that consumers must take possession of items they purchase. That means they can't be purchased by a contractor for installation, according to the Georgia Department of Revenue Web site.

For more information, contact the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 706-653-4200 or visit the Georgia Department of Revenue Web site at www.www.dor.ga.gov, then click on the sales tax holiday release.