Alabama 2017 Tax Free Weekend

Save Money During Alabama's Sales Tax Holidays

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The state of Alabama is offering two tax-free weekends during 2017. Each offers a completely different set of savings options. By planning ahead, you can be sure you have the time, money, and shopping list you need to grab savings when they're available.

Alabama's 2017 Severe Weather Tax Holiday

Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend is scheduled for February 24-26th. According to the web, 

This will allow Alabama shoppers to stock up on common supplies costing less than $60 that every home and business needs to prepare for a natural disaster tax free. Generators costing $1,000 or less also can be purchased free of the state’s four-percent sales tax during the three-day sales tax holiday.

There is a long list of specific items that are part of the tax-free initiative this year, so be sure to check the list before heading to the stores. While some of the items are only useful during storms, others may be useful year round. For example, you can pick up tax-free:

  • batteries
  • tarpaulins
  • coolers
  • duct tape
  • carbon monoxide detectors

You also have a unique opportunity to make a single tax-free purchase for up to $1,000. This is your chance to save money on a "portable generator and power cords – used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage." 

Alabama's 2017 Back to School Tax Holiday

A second tax holiday will be held August 4-6, 2017. This back-to-school tax holiday offers bargains on clothing, computers, books, and school supplies. Specific items and savings will become available as the date gets closer.

Smart Shopping Tips for Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend

Using good common sense will help you save even more during tax-free week.

Try shopping around at different stores to compare prices and look for coupons that you can apply to your purchases, as well. Both of these tasks can be accomplished online without even leaving home. Just go to the websites of the stores where you most frequently shop.

However, be careful not to overspend just because the tax holiday is going on in your area.

The regular sales tax rate in Alabama is only 4%, so that's how much money you'd be saving - along with your local sales tax, if applicable. By shopping around, and also using coupons, you might find that the items you're looking for are less expensive either before the tax-free weekend or after it takes place.

Keep in mind, too, that not all cities and counties are planning to participate in the event this year. The fact that a municipality participated last year is no guarantee. To be on the safe side, make sure that you refer to the list of participating cities and counties in Alabama before you go shopping.

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