For the first time in its 12-year history, Alabama's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be observed in July. The 12th annual international Alabama Sales Tax Holiday for school-related items now begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 21 and ends at midnight Sunday July 23.
"During the Legislature's 2017 regular session, lawmakers voted to officially change the date, moving it from the first weekend in August to the third weekend in July," the ARA said. "The date change ensures the tax holiday will occur every year before the start of the school year throughout the state."
This gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing free of the state's four percent sales or use tax.
Cities and counties must notify the state that they will participate in the 2017 holiday by June 21. This is the first year the tax holiday will occur in July.
The counties and municipalities that have notified the Department of their decision to participate in the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday thus far come from throughout the area.
However, in conjunction with the back-to-school shopping season, the Alabama Retail Association this week will continue its campaign encouraging shoppers to buy local. Cities and counties have until June 21 to notify their participation to the state.
The Association is promoting the use of the hashtag #ShopAlabama. They will be sharing content that will benefit both shoppers and retailers. Follow along on our Alabama Retail Facebook event page!
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