With the recent announcement that Blount County and Oneonta City schools will reopen on Aug. 13, parents will be searching for school supplies to ensure their child has the tools needed as another school year begins. Many will be looking for sales to help ease the wallet sting.
One way to help save money is to take full advantage of the Alabama sales tax holiday that begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 17, and continues until midnight, Sunday, July 19. During that time, the state will waive the 4 percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing.
The Blount County Commission has also waived the county sales tax for the event. Cleveland, Hayden, Locust Fork, Oneonta, and Snead have waived their local sales tax as well.
Clothing priced less than $100 per article, school supplies valued at $50 or less per item, books that cost $30 or less per book, and tab- lets, laptops, computers, and printers with a selling price of $750 or less will be tax exempt during the sales tax holiday. More information can be found at alabamaretail.org/alabamasalestaxholidays.
Alabama Retail Association president Rick Brown said, “This year’s sales tax holiday will provide momentum for Alabama’s continued economic recovery. Saving money for consumers while stimulating sales for stores is what this weekend is all about. Shopping with businesses that have a physical presence in your local area keeps businesses open and your neighbors employed.”
Because the sales tax holiday occurs only one time each year, people many want to maximize savings and consider purchasing and stashing items away that will be required later in the year. Consumers may also want to take advantage of this event and stock up on items such as art supplies, computer paper, and diapers that are used year-round.
Because the pandemic has lead to reduced or lost income for some, another way shoppers can help support local businesses and help others is to pick up a few extra back-to-school items and donate them to local school children in need.