Enterprise merchants are 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.
“Many of our local retailers already offer back to school sales,” Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Grantham said. “The Alabama Sales Tax Holiday provides an extra savings to the consumer and more opportunity to shop where you live.”
The City of Progress joins hundreds of Alabama municipalities, including Coffee County and the municipalities of Level Plains and New Brockton, 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.
Grantham said the tax holiday provides a great opportunity for even more savings.
“School shopping can be very overwhelming to many families, especially those with multiple children,” Grantham said. “The Alabama Sales Tax Holiday provides a great opportunity to save money by eliminating the 4 percent state tax. Additionally, both the City of Enterprise and Coffee County have elected to waive the collective 5 percent during this period. Saving 9 percent off of the total purchase of new clothing and school supplies can make a huge difference for some.”
Grantham also encouraged citizens to shop locally to drive local economic growth.
“A large portion of Enterprise retailers are small business owners that primarily rely on the spending habits of the local community in order to thrive and survive all year long,” she said. “Almost all of the money invested with our small business owners is reinvested directly back into Enterprise.
“The Enterprise Chamber strongly encourages local shopping all year long which translates into a strong economy and opportunity for further development and growth. Almost everything you need can be found locally, and if you’re not sure where to get it give us a call so we can help you find it.”
During the tax holiday, 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. This also includes 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.