Sales tax approaching

Published 4:55 pm Monday, August 2, 2010

The fifth annual Alabama sales tax holiday will take place this weekend, Aug. 6-8.

The weekend in a great way to get back-to-school supplies while stimulating the local economy. It’s even a great time to shop even for those not going back to school.

Clanton will participate in the state’s fifth annual sales tax holiday, giving residents and out-of-towners alike an incentive to do their back-to-school shopping in the city.

Clanton has participated every year of the holiday, which will last from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 6 until midnight Aug. 8 this time around.

The holiday offers shoppers to purchase school supplies, computers and clothing without paying state sales tax. Counties and municipalities can then decide to participate, also, saving shoppers even more money.

Neither Chilton County nor any county municipalities other than Clanton will participate. The 1-cent county sales tax is reserved for education, and other city leaders have said in the past they didn’t waive sales tax during the holiday because of a lack of stores that sell the type of merchandise the holiday covers.

The following items are exempt from tax during the holiday.

Most clothing, $100 or less, per article of clothing. This includes school uniforms, shorts, skirts, dresses, jeans, pants, socks, shoes, underwear and most other articles of clothing. It does not include makeup or most accessories, jewelry and sunglasses.

Most school supplies are included with a sales price of $50 or less. This includes binders, book bags, calculators, markets, lunch boxes, paper, pencils, pens and much more.

Computers and computer software with a single purchase price of $750 or less.