Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday coming July 21-23

(Alabama Retail Association)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s 18th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items is July 21-23. This marks the seventh time the annual tax holiday will take place on the third full weekend of July.

From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 21, until midnight, Sunday, July 23, the state waives its 4% sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 325 cities and counties throughout Alabama also waive their local taxes, including Cullman County and municipalities within Cullman County that levy sales tax.

Exempt items include: Clothing priced at $100 or less per article School supplies valued at $50 or less per item Books that cost $30 or less per book Tablets, laptops, computers and printers with a selling price of $750 or less Learn more at

The sales tax holiday provides shoppers a way to save money and support their local economies, especially those local businesses that sell the covered items exclusively, like shoe, children’s apparel, school supply, book and computer stores.

“The sales tax holiday offers parents a way to save on back-to-school needs,” said Alabama Retail Association President Rick Brown. “Saving money for consumers while stimulating sales for stores is what this weekend is all about.”
Although the sales tax holiday targets back-to-school shoppers, any consumer can benefit from the savings offered during the weekend. A wide range of items are exempt during the holiday, so there is a reason for everyone to shop. Some of the widely needed items include diapers, printer ink, thumb or flash drives, printer paper and art supplies. Full list of the tax-exempt items: As always, the Alabama Retail Association encourages shoppers to buy from local retailers.