According to The Alabama Retail Association, shoppers will be able to purchase books worth $30 or less, school supplies priced at $50 or less, clothing valued at $100 or less, and computers and computer equipment costing $750 or less.
The majority of cities and towns in Walker County are not participating in the eighth annual tax free holiday. However, purchases of school-related items made at businesses in Jasper, Parrish and Sumiton will be tax-free.
Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis said it will be very beneficial for the city of Sumiton.
“We've always done it. We aren't talking about a lot of money, but you hope that it's going to help somebody,” Ellis said. “For someone who has three or four kids and has to buy supplies and clothes, it could be a big help. It's just the right thing to do.”
The state will be waiving its 4 percent sales tax for many to take advantage of, with a record of 274 Alabama cities and counties participating, the association reported. Local governments had up until July 2 to decide whether or not they would be participating in the holiday.
The Alabama Department of Revenue states that “a county or municipality may, by resolution or ordinance adopted at least 30 days prior to the first full weekend of August, provide for the exemption of ‘covered items’ from county or municipal sales or use taxes during the same time period, under the same terms, conditions and definitions as provided for the state sales tax holiday.”
Some compare the three-day tax exemption holiday to Black Friday and await its arrival every year.
Kate Lackey, a mother of three young children, Aubrey, 7, Atalie, 5, and Kyson, 3, said she is eagerly looking forward to this weekend’s sales.
“This weekend is important because it allows us to get more school clothes and supplies for our money. We try to take advantage of sales on top of the tax-free weekend,” Lackey said.
“I think it gives everyone an opportunity to get the majority of their school supplies and clothes at a discounted price. It’s also advantageous to our local businesses, which is why I try to do most of my shopping in Jasper.”
Store shelves in Wal-Mart are anticipating the hustle and bustle of customers for this weekend’s event.
Products ranging from Elmer’s glue to Sharpies to folders and notebooks were neatly arranged down the center aisles Tuesday afternoon.
Not only are parents and retailers excited about the weekend, but teachers are also purchasing much-needed classroom items.
“I am definitely planning to take advantage (of the holiday) by buying supplies for my classroom and clothes and shoes for the kids,” said Carbon Hill High School English teacher Kelly Tittle. “Luckily, I don’t have to buy classroom supplies for my kids because at Carbon Hill we pay a classroom fee of $30, and the teachers buy all the supplies themselves.
“It is important to save money wherever possible. You save a dollar here and a dollar there, and eventually it adds up to significant savings in your pocket. This is especially relevant in Walker County where many of our citizens struggle financially.”