Computer Sales Tax HolidayOctober 9-11Montpelier, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas is urging Vermonters to takeadvantage of this year’s second computer sales tax holiday being heldSaturday, October 9 through Monday, October 11.The tax holiday is the third of its kind in Vermont. The first, championedby Douglas in 2002, was approved by the Legislature for early August of2003, another was held in August of this year, just before studentsreturned to school.”Our first computer sales tax holiday was such a success I urged theLegislature to approve additional opportunities,” Governor Douglas said.Under the guidelines issued by the Vermont Department of Taxes, personalcomputers costing up to $4,000 are tax-exempt when purchased by anindividual.The Governor believes personal computers encourage Vermonters-young andold-to take advantage of technology, advance their skills and improvetheir prospects for high-wage technology jobs.”One reason Vermont’s economy continues to improve is because we haveembraced the transition to the 21st Century,” Douglas said. “Personalcomputers help us value technological advances that make it possible forour workforce to operate in a diverse, high-wage economy. In many cases,they can help Vermonters work full-time from some of the most remotecorners of our state.According to a recent survey conducted by the Consumer ElectronicsAssociation (www.CE.org(link is external) ), individuals are 51 percentmore likely to by a personal computer during a sales tax holiday. 74percent of survey respondents said it is important for school-agedchildren to have access to a personal computer.More information about the personal computer sales tax holiday isavailable at www.state.vt.us/tax(link is external) or bycalling the Department of Taxes at (802) 828-2551.
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