Deadline arrives for declaring sales tax holiday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The deadline has arrived for Alabama cities and counties to notify the state if they plan to participate in exempting shoppers from sales taxes on back-to-school purchase made from Aug. 7-9.

Despite the recession, most Birmingham-area governments will participate.

The holiday, enacted in 2006 to coincide with the beginning of school, exempts shoppers from the state's 4 percent sales tax and cities and counties also may exempt their local sales taxes.

Among items on which taxes are exempt are clothing, books, computer and school supplies.

According to the state Department of Revenue, since the holiday went into effect tax collections have risen each August from the previous year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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