Alabama’s annual “School Sales Tax Holiday” is now underway! Shoppers can catch a reprieve from the state’s 4% sales tax on many clothing, electronic, and school supply options, BUT they should consult the state’s limits on items and purchase amounts to make the most of the holiday. The holiday goes through midnight Monday, July 18th. Some of those untaxed purchases include – clothing (priced at $100 per item or less), laptops ($750 or less), books ($30 or less), and stationery items ($50 or less).
Here’s a look at some of what’s eligible for the tax holiday:
Clothing – Apparel of $100 or less per article of clothing
Belt buckles (sold separately)
Hair items such as bows, barrettes
Sewing equipment such as pins, patterns, tape measures, etc.
Sunglasses and eyeglasses
Ballet or tap shoes
Athletic shoes that have spikes or cleats
Gloves for sports
Computers, computer software, and school computer supplies; a single purchase with a sales price of $750 or less.
To be eligible, a computer may include a laptop, desktop, or tower computing system sold as a package. Computer parts and devices not sold as a part of a package with a CPU won’t qualify.
Computer storage media
Handheld electronic schedulers, except cellular phones
Printer supplies for computers such as printer paper, ink
Systems, devices, or software designed primarily for recreational use
Video games of a non-educational nature
School supplies with a sales price of $50 or less per item.
Pencil boxes and sharpeners
School art supplies like clay and glazes, paints, paintbrushes, and drawing pads
Maps and globes
Required textbooks on an official schoolbook list with a sales price of more than $30 and less than $50
The sales price of $30 or less, per book
Newspapers and periodicals
You can view a full list of both exempt and non-exempt products here and a list of the Alabama cities participating here.