Back-to-school tax-free holiday this weekend

WINSTON COUNTY - Alabama's 16th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items 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.
The following counties and municipalities in and near the Alabamian’s coverage area will be participating in the tax-free holiday.  The list also includes cities and counties popular with local shoppers:

• Addison
• Arley
• Bear Creek
• Birmingham
• Brilliant
• Colbert County
• Cullman
• Cullman County
• Decatur
• Double Springs
• Florence
• Franklin County
• Guin
• Hackleburg
• Haleyville
• Hamilton
• Hartselle
• Huntsville
• Jasper
• Lawrence County
• Madison
• Madison County
• Marion County
• Morgan County
• Moulton
• Muscle Shoals
• Natural Bridge
• Nauvoo
• Phil Campbell
• Russellville
• Sheffield
• Tuscaloosa
• Tuscaloosa County
• Tuscumbia
• Walker County
• Winfield
• Winston County

Lynn will not be participating in the tax-free holiday.  For those who shop in Jefferson County, only the regular sales and use tax will be voided for the weekend.  Special revenue sales and use tax will still be applied.

Exempt items include:

• Clothing priced at $100 or less per article.  This includes belts, boots, caps, coats, diapers, dresses, gloves, gym suits, hats, hosiery, jackets, jeans, pajamas, pants, raincoats, robes, sandals, scarves, shirts, shoes, shorts, socks, sneakers and underwear.  
• School supplies valued at $50 or less per item.  This includes binders, backpacks, calculators, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, highlighters, index cards, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, rulers, scissors and more.
• Books that cost $30 or less per book.  This does not apply to magazines, newspapers or other periodicals.
• Tablets, laptops, computers and printers with a selling price of $750 or less.  Cell phones are not included in the list, nor are components of desktop computers, such as keyboards, that are not sold within a package with a computer.
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