Daleville ready for school sales tax holiday

The City of Daleville is ready for the 14th Annual Back to School Sales Tax holiday that begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19, and ends at midnight on Sunday, July 21.

The “Gateway to Fort Rucker” joins hundreds of Alabama municipalities, including Dale County and the municipalities of Level Plains, Newton and Ozark, in participating in the weekend break from sales tax on certain school related items.

School tax free weekend has been held in Alabama since 2006. The tax holiday was then moved from the first weekend in August to the third week of July in 2017 in order to allow students and teachers to save money on supplies before school begins.

This year, just in time for the sales tax holiday, the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a school supply drive to support the city’s school system. Executive Director Kecia Ham is encouraging citizens to shop locally and think about supporting the city’s schools with extra supplies.

“During this year’s tax-free holiday, grab a few extra supplies for the School Supply Drive,” Ham said. “Don’t forget we have a few businesses here in Daleville that you can shop at.”

Supplies will be picked up at each of the drop-off locations on Wednesday, July 31, and will be dropped off at the schools on Thursday, Aug. 1. Supply drop-off locations are StatMed in Daleville, Enterprise Insurance Services, Evolution Nutrition and the chamber’s office.

Exempt items include clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per article of clothing. Clothing is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use including sandals, shoes and sneakers. It does not refer to clothing accessories or equipment, protective equipment, or sport or recreational equipment.

School supplies, school art supplies and school instructional material, up to a sales price of $50 per item, are also exempt.

Tax-exempt school supply items include binders, blackboard chalk, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders, glue or paste, highlighters, index cards and card boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners and boxes, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors and writing tablets.

School art supplies are items commonly used by a student in a course of artwork and include clay, glazes, paints, paintbrushes, sketch and drawing pads, and watercolors.

Also tax-exempt are a single purchase—with a sales price of $750 or less—of computers, computer software and school computer supplies. Display monitors, keyboards, mouse devices, speakers and other computer parts or devices designed for use in conjunction with a personal computer not sold as part of a package, will not qualify for the exemption.

School instructional material is written material commonly used by a student in a course of study as a reference and to learn the subject being taught. Supplies exempt include reference maps, globes, required textbooks on an official school book list with a sales price of more than $30 and less than $50.

Also, noncommercial purchases of books with a sales price of $30 or less per book. Magazines, newspapers, periodicals or any other document printed or offered for sale in a non-bound form are not exempt.

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