Sales Tax Holiday begins tomorrow

Published 1:26 pm Thursday, July 15, 2021

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The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend, July 16-18, in Alabama.

The sales tax holiday gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers and clothing free of state sales tax. However, local sales tax may apply.

Clothing — $100 or less, per article of clothing

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  • 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



  • belt buckles, sold separately
  • briefcases
  • cosmetics
  • costume masks
  • hair notions (barrettes, hair bows, etc.)
  • handbags
  • handkerchiefs
  • jewelry
  • patches and emblems
  • sewing equipment
  • sewing materials
  • sun glasses, eye glasses, contacts
  • umbrellas
  • wallets
  • watches
  • wigs and hair pieces
  • breathing masks
  • clean room apparel and equipment
  • ear and hearing protectors
  • face shields
  • hard hats
  • helmets
  • paint or dust respirators
  • protective gloves
  • safety glasses and goggles
  • safety belts
  • tool belts
  • welders gloves and masks
  • ballet or tap shoes
  • band instruments
  • cleated or spiked athletic shoes
  • gloves (baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, golf, etc.)
  • goggles
  • hand and elbow guards
  • life preserves and vests
  • mouth guards
  • roller and ice skates
  • shin guards
  • shoulder pads
  • ski boots
  • waders
  • wetsuits and fins


Computers, computer software and school computer supplies; a single purchase with a sales price of $750 or less


  • Computers may include a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers sold as a computer package.

School computer supplies

  • computer storage media, diskettes and 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


School supplies, school art supplies and school instructional material – sales of $50 or less per item


  • binders
  • blackboard chalk
  • book bags
  • calculators
  • cellophane tape
  • compasses
  • composition books
  • crayons
  • erasers
  • folders, expandable, pocket, plastic and manila
  • glue, paste and past 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 and other school supply boxes
  • pencil sharpeners
  • pencils
  • pens
  • protractors
  • rulers
  • scissors
  • writing tablets
  • clay and glazes
  • paints
  • paint brushes for artwork
  • sketch and drawing pads
  • watercolors
  • 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, set of printed sheets bound together and published in a volume with an ISBN number


  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • periodicals
  • any other documented printed or offered for sale in a non-bound form

Local businesses offering deals during the weekend include:

Inkmade Studios will have 10% off merchandise and services

The JUNKY Pearl discount tag sales 10-50% off

Walmart Supercenter Atmore Back-to-School Deals

You’re My Star Boutique will have 10% off

Southern Roots will have 10% off

GlamShak will offer 50% off of Yellow Box flipflops

Cotton + Co. is offering 20% off all clothing and 40% off of selected items

B&B Western Corral is offering 10% off