Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday


Alabamians can look forward to a sales tax break starting this Friday.

The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Revenue, will begin at 12:01 a.m. this Friday and last until Sunday, July 21, at midnight. 

A 4 percent state sales tax will be waived statewide on a number of tax-exempt items, and some municipalities in Walker County will also provide an additional, local tax break.

Walker County is participating in the sales tax holiday.   

The municipalities of Dora, Jasper, Nauvoo, and Sumiton will be participating in the sales tax holiday, while Eldridge, Cordova, Carbon Hill, Oakman, Sipsey, and Parrish will not. 

Municipalities had until June 21 to confirm their participation.  

Neighboring Winston County is participating in the sales tax holiday as well, along with the municipalities of Arley, Double Springs, and Addison. Lynn will not participate.

A number of clothing items will be exempt during the tax-free holiday, including tops and pants, belts (excluding buckles), footwear, coats, school uniforms, underwear, hats, pajamas, raincoats, scarves, socks, sneakers and sandals, dresses, etc. Even diapers will be tax-free over the weekend, giving parents a chance to stock up on the daily necessity for young children.

Taxable products will include hair accessories, jewelry, sunglasses/eyeglasses/contacts, umbrellas, handbags and wallets, sporting equipment, protective equipment, and many other items.

Articles of clothing must be $100 or less per item to qualify for the tax exemption.

Computers, including laptops and desktops, will be tax exempt on single purchases of $750 or less. Computer software, storage media, printers and supplies will also be exempt.

Other items, such as furniture, video games that are non-educational, and cellular phones will be taxable.

Many school supplies at $50 or less per item will be exempt, including traditional supplies, art supplies, instructional material, backpacks, reference maps and globes. Textbooks on an official supply list that cost $30 or more — but less than $50 — will not be taxed, and other books priced at $30 or less per book will be tax-exempt.

Magazines, newspapers and periodicals will be taxed.

A full list of taxable and tax-exempt items can be found by visiting

This is the 14th year the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday has been held in Alabama. According to the Alabama Retail Association, 15 states have a similar sales tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers.