With schools and colleges back to in-person learning in the fall, more Alabama parents are expected to take advantage of the savings associated with the state’s back-to-school sales tax holiday.
Alabama’s 16th annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is July 16-18. This marks the fifth time the annual tax holiday will take place on the third weekend of July.
From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, until midnight, Sunday, July 18, the state waives its four percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 325 cities and counties throughout Alabama will waive their local taxes as well. Check the 2021 Participating Cities and Counties list to determine if your local communities are participating.
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The sales tax holiday provides shoppers a way to save money and support their local economies, especially those local businesses that sell the covered items exclusively, like shoe, children’s apparel, school supply, book and computer stores.
“This year’s sales tax holiday will provide momentum for Alabama’s continued economic recovery,” said Alabama Retail Association President Rick Brown. “Saving money for consumers while stimulating sales for stores is what this weekend is all about.”
For many retailers across the state, the back-to-school sales tax holiday is one of the biggest sales weekends of the year. “The sales tax weekend is a big weekend for both my stores,” said Laura Player, owner of Sikes Children’s Shoes and Jack n’ Jill Shop in Homewood.
Sales across her two stores were slightly down during the 2020 tax-free weekend compared to previous years, but she is confident that the 2021 back-to-school sales tax holiday will return to pre-pandemic levels.
“With the state being completely open and more kids attending school this fall, I expect that sales will increase compared with 2020.”
Reason for Everyone to Shop
Although the sales tax holiday targets back-to-school shoppers, any consumer can benefit from the savings offered during the weekend. A wide range of items are exempt during the holiday, so there is a reason for everyone to shop.
Some of the widely needed items include diapers, printer ink, thumb or flash drives, printer paper and art supplies.
The Alabama Retail Association encourages shoppers to buy from local retailers by promoting the use of the #ShopAlabama hashtag. “Shopping with businesses that have a physical presence in your local area keeps businesses open and your neighbors employed,” said Brown.
MORE ON THE JULY SALES TAX HOLIDAY
- “Tax-free weekend historically is a big weekend,” says Michael Gee, owner of the Pants Store in Leeds, Mountain Brook, Trussville, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville – July 14 interview with CBS42
- “(Merchandise) is coming in as quick as we can sell it off,” said Charles Christopher, Martin’s store manager in Decatur – July 14 interview with the Decatur Daily
- Retailers offer their perspective on the 2021 back-to-school sales tax holiday
Perspectives shared by Sikes Children’s Shoes and Jack n’ Jill Shop in Homewood; The Lingerie Shoppe in Mountain Brook Village and Goodmans in Florence. Profiles of businesses offering perspectives: Mountain Brook’s The Lingerie Shoppe marks 75 years in 2021 and Goodmans Profile: You name it, Goodmans will monogram, screen print or engrave it
IN THE NEWS
- Retailers hoping to bounce back during sales tax holiday weekend – WVTM13, July 16, 2021
- How to get the most savings out of back-to-school tax free weekend – WBRC, July 15, 2021
- Clothes, school supplies, diapers, electronics among items in Alabama’s sales tax holiday – WSFA, July 14, 2021
- School supplies tax free this weekend – WAAY31, July 14, 2021
- Back-to-school tax-free weekend in Alabama – WBRC, July 13, 2021
- Tax free weekend set for July 16-18 – TimesDaily, July 11, 2021
- School sales tax holiday July 16-18 – The Cullman Times, July 6, 2021
The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Through sales of food, clothing, furniture, medicine and more, our 4,300 independent merchant and national company members touch almost every aspect of daily living. Since 1943, we’ve worked to promote what’s best for the retail industry in Alabama. Whether voicing the retail view when public policy is made, educating members about issues that impact them, negotiating rates for benefits and services or communicating the retail story, the Alabama Retail Association and its members are better together.
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Originally posted June 30, 2021