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Alabama August 2016 Sales Tax Holiday

  • Jan 26, 2016 | Gail Cole

 Hats are exempt during the Alabama August 2016 tax-free period.

Each August, the state of Alabama provides a tax-free period for certain clothing, computers and school supplies. In 2016, it will take place from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 5 through midnight Sunday, August 7. This Back-to-School sales tax holiday applies to the state and use tax; local sales and use tax may or may not apply.


Books with a sales price of $30 or less. (The exemption does not extend to magazines, newspapers, periodicals, or any other document printed or offered for sale in a non-bound form.)

Clothing with a sales price of $100 or less, including but not limited to:

  • Belts and boots
  • Caps, hats, coats and gloves
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Gym suits
  • Jackets and jeans
  • Pants and shirts
  • Socks and shoes

(Clothing accessories, protective equipment and sport or recreational equipment remains taxable.)

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

School supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials costing $50 or less per items, including but not limited to:

  • Binders and notebooks
  • Book bags
  • Composition books and paper
  • Clay and glazes
  • Index Cards
  • Lunch boxes
  • Pens, pencils, and erasers
  • Paints and paintbrushes (for artwork)
  • Reference maps and globes

Local sales and use taxes

In order for the exemption to apply to local sales and use tax, counties and municipalities must provide for it by resolution or ordinance at least 30 days prior to the first full weekend of August and notify the Alabama Department of Revenue of their intent to participate. The department publishes and regularly updates a list of participating counties and municipalities, available hereAdditional information.

Read more about Alabama sales tax holidays.

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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.