Ala. Sales Tax Holiday for Severe Weather Gear Set

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama will hold its second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Feb. 22 to 24.

During the weekend, the state's 4 percent sales tax will be waived on items that help residents prepare their homes and businesses for the tornado and hurricane seasons.

Cities and counties may also participate. The Alabama Department of Revenue is asking local governments to notify the agency by Jan. 22 of their decision, so retailers will have plenty of time to get ready.

A developing list of participating local governments, as well as more information about the sales tax holiday, is available on the department's website.

The state's first severe weather gear holiday was held in July, shortly after legislators approved it. The event had mixed results, since it was new and the date fell a few days after July 4.

But it was seen as a good trial run for the holiday's permanent date, which will fall in February from now on.

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