During the tax-free weekend, general-use clothing items under $100 will be exempt from sales tax. Photo by Olivia Burton.
Alabama’s annual Back-to-School tax-free weekend will take place from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 to midnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. Mountain Brook, Hoover, Vestavia, Homewood and Shelby County will be participating in the tax exemption.
In addition to the sales tax exemption, many stores will feature special sales over the weekend.
“It’s a very good thing for businesses,” said Bill Powell, executive director of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce. “It’s like being able to offer a courtesy discount.”
General-use apparel such as dresses, jackets, pants, shirts, shoes and underwear will be exempt from Alabama’s sales tax over the weekend. All clothing items must be under $100. Clothing accessories such as cosmetics, protective equipment such as tool belts and hard hats, jewelry, wallets, watches and sport or recreational equipment such as goggles and shoulder pads will not be exempt from sales tax.
The exemption also applies to computers and other electronics under $750, school supplies under $50, educational books under $30 and required textbooks between $30 and $50. Furniture, video games, magazines and newspapers will remain taxable.
For more information and a complete list of exemptions, visit revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/salestaxhol.cfm.