The summer is drawing to a close and the first day of school is slowing sneaking up on us. The majority of us who haven’t started back-to-school shopping will be flooding our local malls and office supply stores to take advantage of the statewide tax holiday. This 12th Annual Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 am on Friday, August 5th and draw to a close on Sunday, August 7th at midnight. Before you gather up your lists and start trying on trousers, make sure you know what is or isn’t exempt.
- Clothing $100 or less per article of clothing including all human apparel suitable for general use. Sorry, Fido. Only humans get tax-free garments. You’ll just have to pay full price for that new rhinestone collar you’ve been eyeing since Christmas.
- A computer totaling $750 or less including a laptop, desktop or tower computers consisting of a central processing unit and devices such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers sold as a complete package. This extends to accessories including:
- Printers and printer supplies
- Computer storage media such as cds and flash drives
- Note this does not include any furniture, so make sure you pick a model with a sturdy box or you’ll be sitting in the floor with your new computer.
- Books with a sales price of $30 or less per book. A book is defined as a set of printed sheets bound together and published with an ISBN number. Sadly, that will not include any magazines, newspapers, or any other periodicals. You’ll have to pay full price for this month’s Entertainment Weekly.
- Last but not least, school supplies including binders, papers, art supplies, crayons and everything else in this handy chart.
While there will be no sales tax throughout the state, some counties and cities will be charging local sales tax. Follow this link from the Alabama Department of Revenue to find out if your county is participating.