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New dates for Alabama sales tax holiday


 Alabama's back-to-school sales tax holiday will be held the third weekend in July.

The Alabama legislature has enacted and the governor has signed Senate Bill 136, which moves the 2017 back-to-school sales tax holiday forward from the first weekend in August to the third full weekend of July. The bill takes effect immediately, so the 2017 tax-free period will begin at 12:01 a.m. on the third Friday of July and conclude at midnight, the following Sunday.

The Alabama sales tax holiday applies to the state sales tax; local tax jurisdictions can opt to participate and exempt qualifying items from local tax. However, localities are not obligated to participate. For the most up-to-date list of participating jurisdictions, see the Alabama Department of Revenue.

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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.