RICHMOND (AP) -- Virginia and North Carolina shoppers are getting a break on buying back-to-school supplies.
The annual sales tax holiday began Friday and runs through Aug. 4.
Akesha Davis has four sons and she got started early at Walmart on N Military Highway.
"I save $100 every year. This is huge for me. With four boys, I really depend on this annual back to school event," said Davis.
Shoppers at retail stores won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.
Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.
The N.C. General Assembly repealed the sales tax holiday as part of a tax overhaul approved by lawmakers in the just-completed session. The overhaul also brings to an end the Energy Star appliance program.
Ending the holiday could encourage North Carolina shoppers to head to Virginia or other border states or to shop online.
Davis had some advice for North Carolinians: "They should contact their congressman."