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Alabama Prepares for Severe Weather in 2015


 Severe weather happens.

While many of us are furiously preparing for the holidays, the Alabama Department of Revenue is preparing for severe weather—or at least for the state’s February 2015 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Local tax jurisdictions are not required to participate in the upcoming tax-free period. Counties and municipalities are asked to inform the Department of Revenue of their intent to participate (or not) no later than January 20, 2015. As the departmental notice reminds, “Your taxpayers want to know if your locality will participate in the 2015 Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday.”

Taxpayers really do want to know, and not simply so savvy shoppers can save tax on bungee cords, plastic sheeting and duct tape. Businesses need to prepare for tax-free periods. Qualifying items are exempt from Alabama state sales tax throughout the state during the sales tax holiday but only exempt from local sales tax in participating localities. Sellers need to know how much tax to collect or not collect.

The list of participating/nonparticipating localities is gradually growing. Sixteen counties/cities recently informed the department that they will participate; three let it be known that they will not. See the list.

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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.