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Dadeville to participate in sales tax holiday

Published 10:28am Thursday, August 1, 2013

Those planning on doing some back to school shopping can catch a tax break this weekend.

Alabama will hold its eight annual sales tax holiday beginning Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday at midnight. The holiday will waive the state’s 4 percent sales tax for purchases of items on an approved list.

Counties and municipalities had the option to waive local taxes for the weekend as well. While Tallapoosa County’s 1 percent tax rate will still be charged, Alexander City will be waiving it’s 3.5 percent local tax for eligible items.

Dadeville City Clerk Mike Gardner said the council waived the city’s 3 1/2 cent to help local parents with the expense of getting back to school.

County Administrator Blake Beck said the commission asked Tallapoosa County School Superintendent Joe Windle about the annual sales tax holiday. Because the county’s only sales tax actually supports the school system, Windle agreed with commissioners that abating it would be counterproductive.

The list of approved items includes everything from clothing, to pencils to computers.

Here is an abbreviated list of exempt items:

ν Clothing (including but not limited to shoes, pants, shirts and socks) priced $100 or less per item

ν Computers, software and supplies: must be a single purchase of $750 or less

ν School supplies (including but not limited to binders, book bags, pencils paper) of $50 or less per item)

ν School art supplies such as paints and sketch pads, limited to $50 per item

ν Books with a sales price of $30 or less per item

ν For a complete listing of exempt items, visit http://revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/STHolidayQuickRefSheet13.pdf

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