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It's July but "Back to School" signs are already out at "Color" in Eastridge Mall.  What's not coming back? A tax-free weekend this summer in North Carolina.

"I was very surprised with that. I did not realize they had taken that away and so now with that being said imma have to find alternate ways to try to get my kids stuff for school," said Candace Beaufort.

Candace Beaufort is a mom of four children. Tax-free weekends are something she looks forward when she shops for back to school supplies.

"It means a lot. I mean cause you can purchase a lot of stuff and not have to have the taxes on it," said Beaufort.

The tax-free weekend was eliminated after last year's vote by decided by lawmakers. North Carolina has a 4.75%  tax rate. Add that to your county tax and it can be a good chunk of change. South carolina is having its tax-free weekend.

"Considering having to cross over the line," said Beaufort.

Families aren't the only ones saying they feel the effects. Businesses will too and they'll do whatever it takes to keep shoppers in North Carolina.

"We're pretty much sure we're going to lose some money, because we are so close to South Carolina so a lot of people are going to go there so just to keep those people we're going trying to have some special deals and all," said Joe Syed who is the manager of the store "Color."

That sales trend is expected across the state with businesses. It's something that provides a sense of comfort to Beaufort.

"Any other stores that are in North Carolina that I frequent, if they're still going to honor, you know, give like really big sales, you know, I'll still continue to frequent them," said Beaufort.

It's a pretty heated issue right now in the state, especially among families.  Will you shop in South Carolina instead? Sound off on Twitter by tweeting me at @OHaraFox46.



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