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Alabama February 2015 Tax-Free Period


 Severe weather happens. Sales tax holidays can help make preparations less costly.

The tax-free period for severe weather preparedness in Alabama begins at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, February 20, 2015. It concludes at midnight on Sunday, February 22. During the sales tax holiday, numerous items necessary to prepare for and survive severe weather such as hurricanes are exempt from Alabama state sales tax.

Sellers must not collect Alabama state sales tax on any qualifying items during the tax-free period. However, local tax jurisdictions are not required to participate. Local sales tax should be collected in Alabama counties and municipalities that have opted not to participate in the 2015 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Local sales tax should not be collected in participating jurisdictions.

Localities wishing to participate must adopt a resolution or ordinance to that effect and notify the Alabama Department of Revenue of their intent to participate “at least 30 days prior to the last full weekend of February.” A list of participating localities is on the Department of Revenue website, along with a list of eligible items.

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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.