2017 Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Dates and Information

Back-to-School Savings Through Alabama's Sales Tax Holiday

The 2017 Alabama's sales tax holiday covers a generous amount of back-to-school items, such as clothing, school supplies, books, computers and computer equipment. Dollar limits are per item, not the total of all of your back-to-school items so the savings for you will really add up if you take advantage of the tax free holiday. Find the 2017 Alabama sales tax holiday dates and a complete list of eligible items below as the information is announced.

The printable list of items details what is...MORE exempt during Alabama's 2017 sales tax holiday. Shopping for exempt items can be confusing due to each state's own guidelines for each item. Take this list with you so there are no surprises at the cash register.

Local sales tax may still apply. Each county in Alabama decides if it will waive local sales tax, collect a portion or not participate in the sales tax free weekend. Retailers are required to participate, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue website. However, the items exempt from sales tax vary based on the state's rules for the tax free weekend.

Online retailers who usually collect Alabama sales tax are not supposed to charge state sales tax either. Be sure to double check your online purchases during the sales tax weekend to ensure you haven't been accidentally charged.

Neighboring states Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee also have sales tax holidays with different rules and savings opportunities.

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    Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Dates

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    Save big money on school supplies when you buy during Alabama's sales tax holiday. Photo © Joe Scarnici / Getty Images

    August 4-6, 2017

    *Tentative dates based on last year's sales tax holiday schedule

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    Clothing Exempt from the 2017 Alabama Sales Tax Holiday

    General use clothing items under $100 are exempt from sales tax in Alabama, including these items:

    • Belts
    • Boots
    • Caps
    • Coats
    • Diapers
    • Dresses
    • Gloves
    • Gym Suits
    • Hats
    • Hosiery
    • Jackets
    • Jeans
    • Neckties
    • Pajamas
    • Pants
    • Raincoats
    • Robes
    • Sandals
    • Scarves
    • School Uniforms
    • Shirts
    • Shoes
    • Shorts
    • Socks
    • Sneakers
    • Underwear
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    School Supplies Exempt from Alabama Sales Tax

    Limit per item is $50 on school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials. The list of school supplies you don't have to pay sales tax on during the tax free weekend includes:

    • Binders
    • Blackboard Chalk
    • Book Bags
    • Calculators
    • Cellophane Tape
    • Compasses
    • Composition Books
    • Crayons
    • Folders
    • Glue and paste
    • Highlighters
    • Index Cards and Boxes
    • Legal Pads
    • Lunch Boxes
    • Markers
    • Notebooks
    • Paper
    • Pencil and School Supply Boxes
    • Pencil Sharpeners
    • Pencils and Erasers
    • Pens
    • Protractors
    • Rulers
    • Scissors
    • Writing Tablets

    Ar...MOREt supplies exempt from sales tax:

    • Clay
    • Glazes
    • Paints (acrylic, oil, tempera and watercolors)
    • Paintbrushes (art only)
    • Sketch and drawing pads

    Instruction materials:

    • Reference maps and globes
    • Required textbooks more than $30 and less than $50 on an official school supply list
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    Books Exempt from Sales Tax

    Books must be bound materials with an ISBN number and a sales price of $30 or less to be eligible for the sales tax exemption. Magazines, newspapers, periodicals and non-bound printed documents are not exempt from sales tax.

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    Computers Exempt from Sales Tax

    Desktops, laptops, tower systems bundled with a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers under $750 are exempt from sales tax as well as these items:

    • Computer Storage Media (recordable CDs and DVDs)
    • Educational Computer Software
    • Handheld Electronic Schedulers (not part of a cell phone)
    • Personal Digital Assistants (not part of a cell phone)
    • Printers
    • Printer Supplies (paper and ink)

    * Keyboard, mouse, speakers and other peripherals not included in a PC tower bundle will be taxable.

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    Taxable Items

    Jewelry, barrettes, bows, handbags, furniture, band instruments and many sporting goods are taxable. The Alabama Department of Revenue has issued a complete list of items that are not eligible for the sales tax free weekend.

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    More States with Sales Tax Holidays

    Source: Alabama Department of Revenue