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Alabama’s Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2017

Alabama’s Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2017

Alabama will hold its twelfth annual sales tax holiday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday July 21, 2017, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday July 23, 2017. This weekend gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Local sales tax may apply.

For a complete list of what’s exempt and what’s NOT, visit the Alabama Sales Tax Website. And for RCM’s tips on all the different ways to shop back-to-school, check out these tips!

Items that are tax-exempt include the following:


($100 or less, per article of clothing)
School clothes and uniforms are all tax-free during this time, but did you know that DIAPERS are too?

  • Belts
  • Caps & Hats
  • Coats, Jackets, & Raincoats
  • Diapers
  • Dresses
  • Gloves & Scarves
  • Gym Suits
  • Hosiery
  • Jeans, Shorts, & Pants
  • Neckties
  • Pajamas
  • Robes
  • Shoes, Sandals, & Boots
  • School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Socks & Underwear
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Computers & Tech

(A single purchase with a sales price of $750 or Less)
For purposes of the exemption, a computer may include a laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit (CPU), and devices such as a display monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers sold as a computer package. Computer parts and devices not sold as part of a package with the CPU, will not qualify for the exemption

  • Computer software
  • Computer Storage Media; diskettes, compact disks
  • Handheld electronic schedulers, except devices that are cellular phones
  • Personal digital assistants, except devices that are cellular phones
  • Computer Printers
  • Printer Supplies for Computers (printer paper, printer ink)

School Supplies

(Sales Price of $50 or Less, per item)

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  • Binders
  • Chalk
  • Book Bags & Backpacks
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Compasses & Protractors
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons & Markers
  • Erasers
  • Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic & manila)
  • Glue, paste, and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards & Index Card Boxes
  • Legal Pads & Writing Tablets
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper)
  • Pencil Boxes & Other School Supply Boxes
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils & Pens
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

Art Supplies

  • Clay & Glazes
  • Paints (Acrylic, Tempora & Oil)
  • Paintbrushes for artwork
  • Sketch and Drawing Pads
  • Watercolors

School Instructional Materials

  • Reference Maps and Globes
  • Required Textbooks on an official school book list with a sales price of more than $30 and less than $50


(Sales Price of $30 or Less, per book, Noncommercial Purchases)
Now’s the time to set some reading goals and stock up at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or the Off-Campus Bookstore!

  • Picture books
  • Chapter books
  • Dictionaries & Thesauruses
  • Journals
  • YA books
  • Required reading titles

For a complete list of what’s exempt and what’s NOT, visit the Alabama Sales Tax Website.

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