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Alabama's Tax Free Weekend Starts July 20!

Find out when to shop and what to buy from Alabama retailers — watch out for sneaky local taxes!
Alabama tax free holiday

It's back-to-school season! Like many states, Alabama created tax free days to give residents a break on school essentials. If you're a resident of the Yellowhammer State, then prepare to start shopping on July 20.

If you're not in Alabama, then fret not; your state might have a tax holiday, too. Be sure to check out our complete list of tax free weekends in 2018 to see if your state participates.

When Is the Alabama Tax Free Weekend for 2018?

Alabama's tax free holiday comes each year on the third full weekend of July — which in this case goes from 12:01 am local time on Friday, July 20, until midnight on Sunday, July 22. (Note: Alabama also has a Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in February, which is a completely different event.)

About 67 small localities aren't participating, so local taxes will still apply in some places.

Who Can Shop the Alabama Tax Free Weekend?

All Alabama retailers are participating in the state's tax free holiday, and anyone can take advantage of the weekend deals — not just back-to-school shoppers. Be careful, though: About 67 small localities aren't participating, so local taxes will still apply in some (primarily rural) places.

Additionally, five localities will participate in a limited capacity, while almost 100 others are unclear about whether they'll take part at all. The Alabama Department of Revenue publishes a complete list of participating counties and cities, which you should check before heading out to shop.

What's Included?

The state of Alabama — along with most of its cities and counties — is waiving sales taxes on four categories: clothing, computers, school supplies, and books. For complete details, see the Alabama Department of Revenue's breakdown.


Clothes that cost $100 per item or less are exempt from sales tax, from shoes to hats and everything in between. You'll still pay taxes on accessories (like cosmetics, wallets, and jewelry), protective equipment (think hard hats and safety goggles), and recreational equipment (cleats, band instruments, wetsuits, and so on).

SEE ALSO: When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2018?


Shoppers can make a single computer, software, and school computer supply purchase of $750 or less tax-free. This includes laptop and desktop computers, as well as printers, printer ink, and paper. Still taxed: computer peripherals not sold with a CPU; computer furniture; systems, devices, software, and peripherals of a primarily recreational nature; and noneducational video games.

School Supplies

School supplies costing less than $50 per item are tax free, including items like chalk, folders, glue, index cards, notebooks, pens, paint, and textbooks ($30 to $50 only).


Books are also on the tax-exempt list. Anything costing $30 or less with an ISBN will be tax exempt for noncommercial purchases. Magazines, newspapers, periodicals, and non-bound printed documents will still be taxed.

Readers, are you planning to buy any items during your state's tax free weekend? Share your shopping wish list in the comments below!

Contributing Writer

Sean is a freelance writer and photojournalist working in the Hampton Roads region. He has been a writer, adventure motorcyclist, drag racer, data nerd, shade-tree mechanic, and tornado chaser. Recommend good beers to him on Twitter at @wxgeek.
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