MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Summer will soon be coming to an end for students and teachers, and this coming weekend is a chance for you to rack up on school supplies without paying any sales taxes.
Alabama’s 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items is set for this weekend, July 19-21. From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19, until midnight, Sunday, July 21, the state waives its 4% sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 300 cities and counties throughout Alabama will waive their local taxes as well.
Christie Henry at Davies School Supply is gearing up for her fifth tax free weekend.
“It’s kind of like any other day, this is our busy season, since school got out and until school goes back we are slammed, pretty much,” said Christie Henry.
Cruising the aisles for schools supplies is what many Alabama families will be doing this weekend. In recent years Henry says she’s noticed a decline in in-store shopping for the tax free weekend.
“I think that’s because of the internet, we still get our share of business,” said Henry.
The Alabama Retail Association says this is the busiest shopping time of the year, second to the holidays.
“This is a time where families have to spend a lot of money to get their kids back to school. It has turned into a big shopping weekend for the state of Alabama,” said Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association.
Exempt items include:
- Clothing priced at $100 or less per article of clothing;
- School supplies valued at $50 or less per item;
- Books that cost $30 or less per book; and
- Tablets, laptops, computers and printers with a selling price of $750 or less.
Here is a list of the 2019 participating cities and counties to determine if your local communities are participating.