MONTGOMERY – It’s time to do your back-to-school shopping, especially if you want to get the most bang for your buck.
Alabama’s 13th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items occurs July 20-22. This marks the second year the annual tax holiday will take place in July. You’ll recall, last year, lawmakers voted to move the date to the third weekend in July.
From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 20, until midnight, Sunday, July 22, the state waives its four-percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 300 cities and counties throughout Alabama waive their local taxes as well. Check the 2018 PARTICIPATING CITIES AND COUNTIES list to determine if your local communities are participating.
Exempt items include:
- clothing priced at $100 or less per article of clothing;
- school supplies valued at $50 or less per item;
- books that cost $30 or less per book; and
- tablets, laptops, computers and printers with a selling price of $750 or less.
#ShopAlabama AND #ShopAlabamaForTheKids
In conjunction with the back-to-school shopping season, the Alabama Retail Association will continue its campaign encouraging shoppers to buy from local retailers by promoting the use of our hashtag – #ShopAlabama. Look for content on our Facebook Event page and on Instagram at @ShopAlabama.
In addition, #ShopAlabamaForTheKids, a new extension of our campaign, will ask shoppers to consider picking up an extra school supply or two to donate to local school children in need. We have partnered with nonprofit organizations to promote and support school supply drives throughout the state.
Drop off donated school supplies at HandsOn River Region at 101 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, AL, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
You can also support the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and United Way of Baldwin County Young Leaders at their “Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brew”. The event is a school supply fundraiser for the Rotary Youth Club and Ruff Wilson Youth Center. It is Thursday, July 26, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing Company. Admission is a $10 donation or a bag of school supplies.
Drop off supplies for the Dothan Education Foundation at Wiregrass Commons Mall (Mall Office) or Army Aviation Federal Credit Union from July 19 until July 30.
You can also take part in the 2018 Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, July 21 at Wiregrass Commons Mall. Families will have an opportunity to help Dothan Education Foundation “STUFF THE BUS” for Dothan City Schools