Alabama is exempting state sales tax on many items this weekend to help with back-to-school shopping. The eighth annual state sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2 and continue through Sunday, August 4.
"The cost of school supplies can weigh heavily on a family's budget, especially families with more than one school-aged child," Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says in a released statement. "The tax-free weekend is about saving families money on the school supplies their children need to start the new school year."
Alabama's sales tax holiday provision also allows cities and counties to join the state by removing their own local sales and use taxes from back-to-school-related items during the same weekend. As of July 30, 225 cities and 55 counties across the state are participating. A list of participating governments can be seen here (external link).
Bentley says those not headed back to school can always take advantage of the program, which will remove state sales tax on items such as computers. A comprehensive list of items that qualify for tax exemption can be found here (external pdf).
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