Governor Promotes Annual Sales Tax Holiday

Governor Robert Bentley is encouraging Alabamians to remember this weekend's sales tax holiday for back to school items.{} The eighth annual state sales tax will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 2nd. The holiday will run through Sunday, August 4. The sales tax provision allows cities and counties to join the state by removing their local sales and use taxes from back to school related items during the same weekend. "The cost of school supplies can weigh heavily on a family's budget, especially families with more than one school-aged child.{} The tax-free weekend is about saving families money on the school supplies their children need to start the new school year," Governor Bentley said.{} "The tax-free weekend also gives shoppers an incentive to support local businesses, large and small.{} The tax holiday covers a wide range of items from school supplies to clothing and computers.{} I want to encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to save money while preparing for the start of another school year."As of July 30, 225 cities and 55 counties across the state are participating. A list of participating cities can be found at