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Alabama: Be Prepared for Severe Weather in 2016


 It's best to be prepared in advance.

It never hurts to be prepared. Although the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, Hurricane Alex struck in January. There have already been four tornadoes this year, in spite of the fact that tornadoes usually occur in the spring and summer. What the rest of the year will look like in terms of wind and rain is anyone’s guess, but the Alabama Department of Revenue is urging Alabamans to prepare for the worst sooner rather than later.

To help ease costs, the state provides an annual sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness supplies. The tax-free period runs Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2016.

State sales tax does not apply to qualifying items during the sales tax holiday. Local taxes may or may not apply. The Alabama Department of Revenue maintains an up-to-date list of participating counties and municipalities here.

Tax-free periods can be a compliance nightmare for businesses that sell qualifying items in multiple tax jurisdictions. Sales tax software helps. Learn how it works.


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.