SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Planning ahead could save you a few hundred bucks as back-to-school season approaches.

Alabama’s 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 19, and ends at midnight on Sunday, July 21. Certain clothing, school supplies, computers, and books may be purchased free of the four percent state sales and use taxes and local sales taxes in most municipalities and counties.

What items qualify?

  • Clothing: $100 or less per item
  • Computers, software, and supplies: one purchase of $750 or less
  • Books: $30 or less per item
  • School supplies: $50 or less per item

For a list of exempt and non-exempt items, click here.

City councils in Sylacauga and Childersburg approved participating resolutions in April. A list of participating and non-participating municipalities and counties, click here.

More than a dozen states offer annual tax-free weekend holidays. Alabama and most cities and counties also waive taxes during the annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which next happens on February 21-23, 2020.

Sylacauga’s sales tax rate of three percent is among the state’s lowest. Childersburg’s rate is four percent, while Talladega’s is five percent, Talladega County charges one percent.

Nearby Alexander City’s sales tax rate is four percent. Tallapoosa County’s rate is two percent.

 

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