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RALEIGH, N.C. -

For the first time in 12 years there won't be a sales tax holiday for North Carolina families after lawmakers ended it as part of their tax overhaul in 2013. 

That big change is leading local businesses to change their plans.The first weekend in August that once brought savings for shoppers now brings frustration.

"I was upset about it the fact that it helped the children get through schools and now we're unable to help the schools," said shopper Greg Willis. "Everything is about money and it's all going to somebody's pocket. What about the kids?"

"I think it's a bad idea because a lot of people like to go shopping and a lot of people go because of tax free weekend because it's a big deal so I think we should definitely still have tax-free weekend," said shopper Yeislin Ruiz.In the past, the 6.75 percent sales tax was removed on items like clothes, shoes and electronics and more. Republican leaders said it cost the state millions. Local business owners like Taurean Lewis said it will cost them, too.

Lewis, the CEO of Estate Boutique on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh, said he was bummed when he heard about the change.

"It definitely will impact our business," he said. "I think just overall people coming out and shopping for those big ticket items that they are looking for."

Some companies like Vertical Urge in Raleigh are picking up where the government left off.

"We realized that it's not going to be a tax-free weekend so we kind of collectively sat down and thought about how good our customers have been to us during this period," owner Todd Canipe said. "So we felt like 6.75 percent, we can kind of eat it for them and try to help them get their back to school jump started a little bit early. "

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association will study sales trends from this weekend. They hope to make a case to lawmakers to restore the tax holiday in the future. States like Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama will hold their tax-free weekends this weekend.

North Carolina ended the tax-free weekend last year.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's office said in a statement last summer that the Tax Reduction Act "more than offsets one-time savings from things like weekend sales tax holidays."

"Our plan reduces the state personal income tax significantly, which means everyone will have more money in their pockets day-to-day," Berger's office said.

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