SHOALS – Alabama’s 16th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins at 12am Friday, July 16 and ends at midnight Sunday, July 18.
Those three days give shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books, and clothing free of the state’s 4% sales or use tax. Most cities and counties also participate by offering even greater savings.
This one of two annual sales tax holidays for the state, the other is for Severe Weather Preparedness in the spring.
The Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday always begins at 12am on the third Friday in July pursuant to 40-23-210 through 213, Code of Alabama, 1975.
A county or municipality may also provide for the exemption of covered items from county or municipal sales or use taxes during the same time period, under the same terms, conditions, and definitions as provided for the state sales tax holiday.
Retailers are required to participate and may not charge state tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.
Details and a list of participating counties and municipalities may be found at www.AlabamaRetail.org.