Sales Tax Holiday for Back to School 2018

This weekend (Fri-Sun) you can save the state sales taxes (and many local sales taxes) when buying clothing that costs $100 or less, computers, software, printer supplies, school supplies including lots of general office supplies.

It’s a great time to buy clothes, a laptop or fill up on printer ink. Here’s a list of what’s included and how you can save!

CLOTHING – $100 or Less, per article of clothing

TAX EXEMPT:Includes all human wearing apparel suitable for general use – Not an all-inclusive list
Belts – Boots – Caps – Coats – Diapers –  Dresses – Gloves – Gym Suits – Hats – Hosiery – Jackets – Jeans – Neckties – Pajamas – Pants – Raincoats – Robes – Sandals – Scarves – School Uniforms – Shirts – Shoes – Shorts – Socks – Sneakers -Underwear


Clothing Accessories:
Belt Buckles (sold separately) – Briefcases – Cosmetics – Costume masks (sold separately) – Hair Notions (barrettes, hair bows, etc) – Handbags – Handkerchiefs – Jewelry – Patches & Emblems (sold separately)
Sewing Equipment & Supplies (pins (patterns, scissors, tape measures, etc) – Sewing Materials (thread, fabric, buttons, zippers, etc) – Sun glasses, eye glasses, contacts (prescription or nonprescription) -Umbrellas – Wallets – Watches – Wigs & hair pieces

Protective Equipment:
Breathing Masks – Clean Room Apparel & Equipment – Ear & Hearing Protectors – Face Shields – Hard Hats – Helmets – Paint or Dust Respirators – Protective Gloves – Safety Glasses & Goggles – Safety Belts
Tool Belts – Welders Gloves & Masks Sport or Recreational

Ballet or Tap Shoes – Band Instruments – Cleated or Spiked Athletic Shoes – Gloves (baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, golf, etc) – Goggles – Hand & Elbow Guards – Life Preserves & Vests – Mouth Guards
Roller & Ice Skates – Shin Guards – Shoulder Pads – Ski Boots – Waders – Wetsuits & Fins

A single purchase with a sales price of $750 or Less


COMPUTERS – For purposes of the exemption, a computer may include a laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit (CPU), and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers sold as a computer package. Computer parts and devices not sold as part of a package with the CPU, will not qualify for the exemption.


SCHOOL COMPUTER SUPPLIES – An item commonly used by a student in a course of study in which a computer is used – All inclusive list includes:
Computer Storage Media; diskettes, compact disks – Handheld electronic schedulers, except devices that are cellular phones – Personal digital assistants, except devices that are cellular phones – Computer Printers – Printer Supplies for Computers (printer paper, printer ink)


Furniture – Any systems, devices, software, peripherals designed or intended primarily for recreational use, or – Video games of a non-educational nature

Sales Price of $50 or Less, per item (Noncommercial Purchases)


SCHOOL SUPPLIES – All Inclusive List:
Binders – Blackboard Chalk – Book Bags – Calculators – Cellophane Tape – Compasses – Composition Books – Crayons – Erasers – Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic & manila) – Glue, paste, and paste sticks Highlighters – Index Cards – Index Card Boxes – Legal Pads – Lunch Boxes – Markers – Notebooks – Paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper) – Pencil Boxes & Other School Supply Boxes – Pencil Sharpeners
Pencils – Pens – Protractors – Rulers – Scissors – Writing Tablets

SCHOOL ART SUPPLIES – All Inclusive List:
Clay & Glazes – Paints (Acrylic, Tempora & Oil) –  Paintbrushes for artwork – Sketch and Drawing Pads

SCHOOL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL – All Inclusive List: (Written material commonly used by
a student in a course of study as a reference and to learn the subject being taught) Reference Maps and Globes – Required Textbooks on an official school book list with a sales price of more than $30 and less than $50

BOOKS – Sales Price of $30 or Less, per book (Noncommercial Purchases)


BOOKS – The term book is defined as a set of printed sheets bound together and published in a volume with an ISBN number.


Magazines – Newspapers – Periodicals – Any Other Document Printed or Offered for Sale in a Non-Bound Form

Source: Alabama Dept of Revenue

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