By Alton Mitchell
On Friday night residents of Alabama will begin a weekend long holiday that now has graced the state for more than a decade and Chambers County and its municipalities will once again join the state of Alabama in celebrating its sales tax holiday. The Alabama sales tax holiday is a weekend long event that allows shoppers in Alabama some financial relief at the register while purchasing back to school supplies for students.
This year’s sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m Central Standard Time on Friday August 5th and will run until midnight on Sunday August 7th. During this period consumers across the state of Alabama will not have to pay local sales and use tax when purchasing specific items to include school supplies, computers, and clothing.
This is the eleventh year that the state of Alabama has participated in the annual sales tax holiday. While this is called a state program the state has left it up to individual municipalities if they wish to participate in the event. This year Chambers County Commissioners have approved the participation of Chambers County in the event as they have in previous years. Local governments including LaFayette, Lanett, and Valley have also signed on and notified the Alabama Department of Revenue that they too will be participating in the event.
Local residents who are wishing to travel to other cities for the sales tax holiday will enjoy the holiday in most larger area cities including Opelika, Auburn, Phenix City, Montgomery, and Birmingham will all be participating municipalities in the event. Jefferson County surrounding Birmingham has notified the Alabama Department of Revenue that there is only limited participation on their part meaning that the sales tax holiday will only apply to Jefferson County’s regular sales and use tax of one percent.
The sales tax holiday is also limited in nature meaning that it only applies to certain types of items that are purchased. While belts are included in the sales tax holiday and will be exempt from sales tax, belt buckles that are sold separately will still be taxable. Cosmetic and jewelry items are also nonexempt. A complete list of items that are covered and not covered is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.