Daleville Tax free holiday this weekend, multiple items eligible

BY Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Daleville Tax free holiday this weekend, multiple items eligible
A list of needed school supplies for one child can be long and require a substantial financial investment, thus the elimination of sales tax can save buyers of school-related items a lot of money.“Saving money is a great way for Daleville families to start the new school year. Daleville retailers have many school items available so shop in Daleville first,” encourages Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth.Dale and Coffee Counties, and the majority of cities and towns within those counties, are participating in the tax holiday. Nationally, 17 states have a back-to-school holiday.The Alabama holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and ends at midnight Sunday Aug. 7. According toAlabamaretail.org, as of July 19, 293 local governments had notified the state that they will participate in the holiday this year.The tax holiday began in 2006 and each year since, counties and municipalities throughout the state have adopted resolutions or ordinances to provide for the exemption of “covered items” from county or municipal sales or use taxes during the same time period, under the same terms, conditions and definitions as provided for the state sales tax holiday.Alabamaretail.org notes that “some counties and municipalities have adopted the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for the current year only,” while some have adopted the holiday “on a limited basis, whereby only a portion of the locality’s total sales and use tax levy exempted.”In the immediate area, only Geneva County is hosting a limited holiday. The retail website states, “the holiday only applies to Geneva County's jail construction sales and use tax of 1 percent,” and “does not grant the holiday for the remaining 1 percent levied for education.”The only nearby cities listed on the state Department of Revenue website as not participating are Coffee Springs, Midland City, Slocomb and Brantley.Purchases for the following items are tax-free:Articles of clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per article of clothing. Clothing means all human wearing apparel suitable for general use including sandals, shoes and sneakers, but does not include belt buckles sold separately, costume masks sold separately, patches and emblems sold separately. Clothing does not refer to clothing accessories or equipment, protective equipment, or sport or recreational equipment.A single purchase, with a sales price of $750 or less, of computers (laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a CPU, display monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers sold as a computer package), computer software, and school computer supplies, not including furniture nor any systems, devices, software, peripherals designed or intended primarily for recreational use, or video games of a non-educational nature. 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 supplies, school art supplies and school instructional material, up to a sales price of $50 per item. A school supply is an item commonly used by a student in a course of study.The following is an all-inclusive list of school supplies.
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