Shopping for school supplies is a hassle for some parents, but this weekend they'll be able to enjoy a nice discount thanks to the government. Alabama's back-to-school sales tax holiday weekend runs from Friday, august 3rd through Sunday, August 5th.
"Any parent would benefit. You've got more than one child, you've got 70 or 75 dollars worth of materials to buy, including back packs and such. So yes, this would be and excellent time to stock up on those things."
Clothing and shoes that are individually less than $100 will be tax exempt. School supplies like paper, pencils, and notebooks are also included. You'll even be able to buy computers and software priced less than $750 and still pay no taxes.
"They do not have the money to just go straight out and buy uniforms and school supplies."
"Kids all need new school clothes, new shoes. These are things that are great that you can benefit from not having to pay the tax on."
But parents and students aren't the only ones benefiting from this weekends holiday. Many teachers, who once got an allowance to buy their school supplies, are now responsible for obtaining their own materials. So this weekend, they're taking advantage.
"This year they don't get that extra funding that they usually get every year for supplies."
"We have not had any instructional supply money to spend in the classroom so anything that we've got, it came out of our pocket. So if we don't have to pay any taxes on it, that'd be a good time to go buy that."
So get your school supply list together...
Because school days and good old golden rule days start mid-August.
Visit http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/salestaxhol.htm for more information on which cities and counties are exempting local sales taxes.
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