School tax-free holiday is back



With summer in full swing, many people are not ready to begin thinking about school clothing, supplies, and other items needed to prepare students and teachers for the upcoming school year. But, as we know, the summer will zoom by and the 2019–2020 school year will begin.

With that in mind, it is never too early to make back-to-school shopping plans. In order to get “more bang for your buck,” Alabama’s 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items is set for Friday, July 19, until Sunday, July 21. This school tax holiday is the time when the state waives its 4 percent sales tax on school-related items such as supplies and clothing.

Once again, Oneonta and Blount County will be participating in this tax-free event to help consumers reduce the cost of school-related necessities. Items such as clothing (including diapers) priced at $100 or less, school supplies under $50, books valued at less than $30, and tablets, laptops, computers, and printers with a selling price of less than $750 will be included in the tax-free weekend.

Oneonta city councilman Richard Phillips said, “It’s a wonderful thing that the city can do to help parents and teachers get the items needed for school at a discounted rate. I wish we could do more, but saving those tax dollars is one way we can. It also gives consumers another reason to buy locally, since they don’t have to travel to another area offering the same tax holiday.”

In conjunction with the back-to-school sales tax holiday, the Alabama Retail Association is encouraging everyone to #StacheSomeSupplies. They suggest families consider purchasing required items that are used year-round, such as art supplies, computer paper, and diapers and stashing them until needed.

For more information, go to There you will find a quick reference for tax-free and taxed items during the July event.