ALABAMA (WHNT) – Alabama’s annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is right around the corner!
Every year the tax holiday falls during the third weekend of July, starting at 12:01 a.m. on the third Friday and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday. For 2022, the holiday will start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 15 and end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 17.
During this time, the state won’t charge sales tax on several items, including clothes, electronics, and school supplies.
This is the state’s 17th back-to-school sales tax holiday weekend, and many counties are participating.
Alex Durencz, communications manager for central and south Alabama Better Business Bureau (BBB) tells CBS 42 that shoppers should shop smart this weekend.
Shirts, pants, coats/jackets, and shoes will have state sales tax waived, along with diapers, robes, and scarves – anything suitable for general use. Each eligible item of clothing must be $100 or less.
On the electronics side, a laptop, desktop, and accessories sold as a package will qualify, along with external storage, non-cell phone electronic schedulers/digital assistants, printer, and printer supplies. To qualify for the sales tax exemption, all items must total $750 or less in a single purchase.
Notebooks, glue, binders, backpacks, and several other common school supply items will qualify for the sales tax exemption, so long as each item is $50 or less.
Books also qualify as well – they must be bound, have an ISBN number and be $30 each.
For a full list of eligible items, click here.
In addition, several cities, towns, and villages across the state will be participating in the sales tax holiday at the local level; the local sales tax will be waived. You can find out if your municipality is participating on the Alabama Department of Revenue website.