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Back To School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Jul 19, 2017 11:39:02 AM

iStock-450848187-064358-edited.jpgThere are several different types of tax-free weekend events in the U.S. Some apply to Energy Star products or hurricane preparedness, or back-to-school shopping needs. This year the State of Alabama will be participating in the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend beginning Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23.Alabama’s 12th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 21, and end at midnight on Sunday, July 23.

During the Legislature's 2017 regular session, lawmakers voted to officially change the date, moving the sales tax holiday from the first weekend in August to the third weekend in July, allowing students and teachers to save money on certain school supplies, computers, and clothing before school begins. This will be the first time the sales tax weekend will be observed during the month of July.

Local governments had until June 21 to notify the Alabama Department of Revenue of their decision to participate in this year’s sales tax holiday. This year, 319 localities are participating. 

If your state does not sponsor a tax-free weekend, consider driving to a nearby state that does. Alternatively, contact your local state representative to request that he or she initiates sales tax holiday legislation for your area.

Tax-free purchases will include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies valued at $50 or less, books that cost $30 or less and computers and computer equipment with a selling price of $750 or less. Find the tax free holiday quick reference sheet for a listing of approved items.

For more information on the sales tax holiday, including a list participating cities and counties, visit

For more information on the above article contact Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA by calling (334) 887-7022 or by leaving us a message below.  

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