Sales tax holiday under way

Published 1:21 am Friday, July 20, 2018

Alabama’s 13th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items began at 12:01 a.m. today, Friday, July 20. This marks the second year the annual tax holiday will take place during the third weekend in July.​
From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 20, until midnight, Sunday, July 22, the state waives its four-percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 300 cities and counties throughout Alabama waive their local taxes as well.

Here’s a look at the Back-to-School sales tax holiday by the numbers:

  • 13 – The number of years Alabama has had a back-to-school sales tax holiday. The first sales tax holiday was in August 2006.
  • 10 percent – Many cities and counties will also waive their local tax, meaning a savings of up to 10 percent in those Alabama localities.
  • $100 or less – Value of each item of clothing (including diapers) customers can buy tax free during the weekend.
  • $50 or less – Each of the qualified school supplies can cost this amount and still be tax free.
  • 4 percent – The amount of tax saved statewide on the qualified item
  • $30 or less – Each book can be this much, and buyers pay no sales tax. Textbooks valued at $50 or less also can be purchased tax free.