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Alabama: Prepare for Severe Weather


 Severe weather happens: storm over Birmingham, Alabama.

It’s been a whacky year for weather, no doubt. While the Southeast is buried under snow and ice, it’s balmy in Alaska. So many storms have bombarded the Midwest and Northeast that they’ve been given names to keep them straight, à la hurricanes. And the drought in California continues.

If weather permits Alabamans to Alabama Department of Revenue hopes they’ll go shopping. The state’s annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place February 21-23, 2014. If the recent weather has been any indication of what’s to come, the more folks prepare for extreme weather conditions, the better.

Exempt items include, but are not limited to:

  • Batteries;
  • Cell phone chargers;
  • Duct tape;
  • Ground anchor systems;
  • Materials designed for protecting windows; and
  • Portable light sources and battery-powered radios.

Alabama localities are not required to participate in the upcoming sales tax holiday, and not all do. The most up-to-date list of participating and non-participating areas is available at the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Preparing for severe weather is important. So is preparing for sales tax holidays. Is your business equipped to handle them?

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.