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December 28, 2014

Sales tax holiday on school supplies this weekend

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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:49 pm

Alabama’s back to school sales tax holiday is this weekend, and will be observed all over Talladega County and most of St. Clair County.

According to the state Department of Revenue’s web site, Talladega County agreed to waive its portion of the sales tax on selected items during the holiday weekend in 2007. The city of Talladega agreed to do the same the following year.

The municipalities of Childersburg, Sylacauga, Lincoln, Munford and Oak Grove are participating as well. Only the town of Waldo is not listed as a participant on the state web site.

St. Clair County is listed as a “limited” participant in the holiday. The municipalities of Odenville, Argo, Steele, Ashville, Leeds, Pell City and Springville are all participating, with Argo, Steele and Ashville opting in after not participating last year. Ragland, Margaret, Moody and Riverside are listed as not participating.

Participating entities will not be collecting sales tax on school supplies, books, clothing and computer equipment, with some limitations.

School supplies include the following categories at $50 or less per item: binders, chalk, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders, glue and paste, highlighters, index cards and boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, various types of paper, supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pens and pencils, protractors, rulers, scissors and writing tablets. Reference maps and globes are also covered, as are listed textbooks between $30 and $50 each. Other books less than $30 are also included.

The list of exempted items also includes art supplies such as clays and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes; sketching and drawing pads and watercolors.

Exempt clothing items up to $100 include 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 and underwear.

Computers costing up to $750 are also covered. For the purposes of tax exemption, a computer includes a “laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a CPU and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers sold as a computer package.” Individual parts are not subject to the exemption.

Storage media such as diskettes and CDs are covered, as are printers and printer supplies. Handheld personal devices that are not cell phones are also covered.

This year’s tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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