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Alabama's Tax Free Holiday Is This Weekend!

Find out when to shop and what to buy from Alabama retailers — watch out for sneaky local taxes!
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Alabama Tax Free weekend

It's back-to-school season! Like many states, Alabama created tax free days to give residents a break on school essentials. If you're a resident of the Yellowhammer State, then prepare to start shopping this weekend.

If you're not in Alabama, then fret not; your state might have a tax holiday, too. Be sure to check out our complete list of tax free weekends for 2017 to see if your state participates.

When Is the Alabama Tax Free Weekend for 2017?

Alabama's tax free holiday comes each year on the third full weekend of July — which in this case is 12:01 am local time on Friday, July 21, until midnight on Sunday, July 23. (Note: Alabama also has a Severe Weather Preparedness tax holiday in February, which is a completely different thing.)

Who Can Shop the Tax Free Holiday?

All Alabama retailers are participating in the state's tax free weekend, and anyone can take advantage of the weekend deals — not just back-to-school shoppers. Be careful, though: About 140 small localities aren't participating, so local taxes will still apply in some (primarily rural) places. The Alabama Department of Revenue publishes a complete list of participating counties and cities, which you should check.

About 140 small localities aren't participating, so local taxes will still apply in some places.

What's Included?

Alabama and most of its cities and counties are waiving sales taxes on four categories: clothing, computers, school supplies, and books. For complete details, see the Alabama Department of Revenue's PDF breakdown.

Clothing

Clothes that cost $100 per item or less are exempt from sales tax, from shoes to hats and everything in between. You'll still pay taxes on accessories (like cosmetics, wallets, and jewelry), protective equipment (think hard hats and goggles), and recreational equipment (cleats, pads, wetsuits, and so on).

Computers

Shoppers can make a single computer, software, and school computer supply purchase of $750 or less tax-free. This includes laptop and desktop computers, as well as printers, printer ink, paper, and disks. Still taxed: computer peripherals not sold with a CPU; computer furniture; systems, devices, software, and peripherals of a primarily recreational nature; and video games.

School Supplies

School supplies costing less than $50 per item are tax free, including items like chalk, folders, glue, index cards, notebooks, pens, paint, textbooks ($30 to $50 only) and so on.

Books

Books are also on the tax-exempt list. Anything costing $30 or less with an ISBN will be tax-exempt for non-commercial purchases. Magazines, newspapers, periodicals, and non-bound printed documents are still taxed.

Readers, are you planning to buy anything during your tax free weekend? Share your shopping wish list in the comments below!


Contributing Writer

Sean is a freelance writer and photojournalist working in the Hampton Roads region. He has been a writer, adventure motorcyclist, drag racer, data nerd, shade-tree mechanic, and tornado chaser. Recommend good beers to him on Twitter at @wxgeek.
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2 comments
southbound1969
In Birmingham they love the Governor.
ski522
So sad...clearly a sign of over bearing government when they have to provide tax free weekends to their residents!
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