Elizabeth City, NC (WTKR) – The final tax-free weekend has kicked off in North Carolina.
Between Friday and Sunday at midnight, shoppers in North Carolina can buy school supplies, clothes and computers tax-free.
Future tax-free weekends were axed as part of a new tax reform bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory.
Last year, North Carolina lost over 13 million dollars in lost tax revenue during the tax-free weekend.
Shoppers at JCPenney in Elizabeth City were disappointed that this year will be the last for the sales-tax holiday.
Jaquelyn Canada was shopping for clothes and shoes with her son Darrius Friday afternoon.
“I wish that they would keep the tax free,” Canada explained. “It helps a lot of unfortunate families that really are out here struggling with the way that the economy is.”
Store Leader Michael Dee stocked up with extra inventory for what is traditionally one of his busiest weekends of the summer. He too is disappointed to see the sales-tax holiday weekend go away.
“It’s actually grown over the years. It’s a pretty good spike for August and back to school. I think it’s going to hurt us next year,” Dee explained. “I think a lot of your border towns that are close to either Virginia or South Carolina – they’ll make that travel.”