Back To School Tax Free Weekend Is Under Way

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The start of a new school year is just around the corner and, for many families, that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping.  Alabama wants to help your budget with a weekend of tax-free shopping.

Alabama’s 11th annual sales tax holiday begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 7 at midnight.

The tax-free weekend gives shoppers an opportunity to purchase school supplies, computers and clothes without having to pay sales tax.

Tuscaloosa County and several surrounding counties are participating.

So what can you get tax free this weekend?

  • Clothing up to $100 (per clothing article)
  • School supplies, art supplies and instructional material up to $50
  • Books up to $30
  • Computers and computer equipment $750 or less
    • Computer software
    • Computer storage media, such as flash drives or portable hard drives
    • Printers and printing supplies

What’s not tax free?

  • Clothing accessories, such as belt buckles, handbags, cosmetics, umbrellas
  • Recreational equipment, such as ballet shoes or band instruments
  • Protective equipment, such as breathing masks or hard hats
  • Furniture
  • Video game systems or video games of a non-educational nature
  • Magazines or newspapers

Need more info? Click here for a full list of exempt and non-exempt items direct from the Alabama Department of Revenue.

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