Back to school tax break begins Friday

Published 2:19 am Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Alabama’s 13th annual sales tax holiday for school supplies will start on Friday, giving shoppers plenty of time to shop deals at local stores.

The holiday will begin at 12:01 on Friday morning and end at midnight on Sunday.

Some local business owners are going above just removing the sales tax and including their own sales.

JC Penney’s sales will begin on Thursday and end on Sunday. Tracy Brannon, the general manager, said shoppers should expect good sales.

“We’re having a mystery sale so you can expect to get anywhere from 30 percent to 50 percent off certain items,” she said.

“We have good sales on uniform items as well. I’m excited for the sale, I hope everyone can come on out.”

The store will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Goody’s sale will start on Friday but with “Doorbuster,” sales throughout the week.

“We are going to have our normal sales going, 20 to 30 percent off on certain items. There’s also an option to donate through our community counts program, that goes back to teachers and school systems,” Kayla Wilcox, the manager, said.

The store will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday the store will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Utopia will take 20 percent off of a purchase of $100 throughout the week. Suzanne Lunsford said she expects a crowd.

“We usually get pretty busy around the weekend, but I know this weekend will be busier.”

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Oasis Salon and Spa will have a sale in their boutique, Lena Ellen, starting on Friday.

“We’re going to be doing 20 percent off everything in the store plus the actual tax off,” owner Jannah Jeffcoat said.

“We’re pretty prepared for the crowds and we’ve been buying school appropriate jeans as well as tops,” she said.

  • Pink Peppers will honor the tax-free price off of backpacks, lunch boxes, hats, dresses and other clothes.

“We’re looking forward to the sale, for sure,” Meaghan Walker, the manager said.

On Friday, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Town and Country will have a buy-one-get-one half off all shoes and jewelry for both Friday and Saturday.

“The shoes we have are all school appropriate from great brands and they are super cute. We will also have 50 percent to 75 percent off on certain items,” owner Daphne Mohon said.

The store will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Ward and Co. is having their summer clearance sale throughout the week and weekend.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

The tax exemption applies to clothing and accessories like belts, neckties, scarves and hosiery, so long as the items are individually priced $100 or less.

School supplies and school art supplies that are priced at $50 or less are exempt from taxes. Computers, computer software, and school computer supplies priced at $750 or less also are exempt.