Back-to-School sales tax holiday set for Aug. 7

Published 10:57 am Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Alabama’s 10th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and end at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 9.

“This is a perfect opportunity for parents to purchase needed school supplies and get a tax break at the same time,” said State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee. “This is a win-win situation for parents, shoppers and retailers, because consumers will be buying non-exempt items as well.”

Participation is required for all retailers, with local governments having the choice to participate or opt out of the holiday.

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“Taxpayers, especially parents, will reap extra benefits if their city and county choose to participate, as they could be exempt from paying state, municipal and county taxes on their purchases,” explained Magee.

Local governments had until July 7 to notify the Alabama Department of Revenue of their decision to participate in this year’s sales tax holiday. This year, 301 localities are participating.

For more information on the sales tax holiday, including a list of tax-exempt items, go to