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2014 Alabama Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through Alabama's Sales Tax Holiday


The 2014 Alabama's sales tax holiday covers clothing, school supplies, books, computers and computer equipment. Dollar limits are per item. The printable list below details what is exempt during Alabama's 2014 sales tax holiday.

Local sales tax may still apply. Each county in Alabama decides if it will waive local sales tax, collect a portion or not participate in the sales tax free weekend.

Neighboring states Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee also have sales tax holidays with different rules and savings opportunities.

Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Dates for 2014

A picture of a family shopping for school supplies during a sales tax holiday.
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August 1-3, 2014

Clothing Exempt from the 2014 Alabama Sales Tax Holiday

General use clothing items under $100, including:
  • Belts
  • Boots
  • Caps
  • Coats
  • Diapers
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Gym Suits
  • Hats
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Neckties
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Raincoats
  • Robes
  • Sandals
  • Scarves
  • School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sneakers
  • Underwear

School Supplies Exempt from Alabama Sales Tax

Limit per item is $50 on school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials, such as:
  • Binders
  • Blackboard Chalk
  • Book Bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons
  • Folders
  • Glue and paste
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards and Boxes
  • Legal Pads
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pencil and School Supply Boxes
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils and Erasers
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing Tablets
Art supplies exempt from sales tax:
  • Clay
  • Glazes
  • Paints (acrylic, oil, tempera and watercolors)
  • Paintbrushes (art only)
  • Sketch and drawing pads
Instruction materials:
  • Reference maps and globes
  • Required textbooks more than $30 and less than $50 on an official school supply list

Books Exempt from Sales Tax

Books must be bound materials with an ISBN number and a sales price of $30 or less. Magazines, newspapers, periodicals and non-bound printed documents are not exempt.

Computers Exempt from Sales Tax

Desktops, laptops, tower systems bundled with a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers under $750 as well as:
  • Computer Storage Media (recordable CDs and DVDs)
  • Educational Computer Software
  • Handheld Electronic Schedulers (not part of a cell phone)
  • Personal Digital Assistants (not part of a cell phone)
  • Printers
  • Printer Supplies (paper and ink)
* Keyboard, mouse, speakers and other peripherals not included in a PC tower bundle will be taxable.

Taxable Items

Jewelry, barrettes, bows, handbags, furniture, band instruments and many sporting goods are taxable. The Alabama Department of Revenue has issued a complete list of items that are not eligible for the sales tax free weekend.
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