MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – From now until midnight Sunday, you can purchase back-to-school items tax-free in Alabama. That’s a 4% reduction, but it could be more if your city or county also waives local taxes.
This is the 17th year that Alabama has had a sales tax-free weekend.
Stores like Storkland and NameDropper in Montgomery are hoping it will be a great weekend for business. The store sells backpacks and lunch boxes, as well as many clothes for children before the school year. For this weekend alone, customers will pay 10% less than usual. This is because the 4% state tax, 2.5% county tax, and 3.5% resort tax are all waived.
Owner Brian Schroll said the brief tax relief would help customers fight inflation and help the store’s bottom line.
“It’s good especially at the moment. Every little bit counts, with gas prices and all, so 10% savings is pretty big,” Schroll said.
The tax relief applies to clothing under $100, school supplies under $50, books under $30 and more.
“The average family is going to spend $800 per child on clothes, supplies and items they need to get back to school. It adds up, especially if you have multiple children,” said Nancy Dennis, public relations director for the Alabama Retail Association.
Dennis said it wasn’t just for back to school. If you’re planning on buying a new laptop under $750, need more printer ink or a flash drive, or even diapers, those items are also zero-rated.
Dennis says this weekend is a good time to check your local small business sales.
“Small businesses tend to reinvest that. They hire people from your community. They buy from other businesses and they reinvest in your community. So when you spend your money locally, it has a greater circulation in your local economy,” she said.
For a list of tax-exempt items and to find out if your city or county is among the 300+ in the state that have also waived their taxes, see the Alabama Department of Revenue website.
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