Tax-free holiday weekend kicks off

shopping
With no state, county or city sales taxes on qualified back-to-school items this Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Madison County, shoppers will receive significant savings.

BY ANNA DURRETT / REPORTER

The magic minute this year is 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 3, which is when the sales tax back-to-school holiday begins on certain school supplies, clothing, computers, computer-related goods and books.

The select items will be tax-free until midnight Sunday.

With no state, county or city sales taxes on qualified back-to-school items this Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Madison County, shoppers will receive significant savings.

Madison Mayor Paul Finley is looking forward to the tax-free weekend. “Shopping for school supplies with our three boys is always such fun,” said Finley. “Knowing those supplies will be tax-free makes it that much better.”

Cameron Grounds, revenue officer of the Revenue Department of the City of Madison, said Madison will miss out on collecting between $7,000 and $9,000 of sales tax revenue during the holiday.

“The City of Madison has supported this tax-free weekend for many years,” said Finley.

This is Madison’s and Alabama’s seventh year having a sales tax holiday. Read the City of Madison’s 2012 sales tax holiday ordinance at madisonal.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4956.

Articles of clothing costing $100 or less each will be tax-exempt and include basic garments like pants and shoes, as well as more specialized items such as diapers and robes.

Computers, computer software and school computer supplies of a single purchase price of $750 and under will not be taxed. Tax-exempt items include laptops, desktops, software, storage devices, printers, printer paper, printer ink and more.

School supplies, school art supplies and school instructional material of $50 and under per item will be tax-exempt. Over 30 items in this category will be tax-exempt, including book bags, lunch boxes, folders, and required textbooks on an official school book list costing under $50 and over $30.

All books costing $30 or under each will be tax-exempt. Other reading items such as magazines and newspapers will still be taxed.

For more information about what items will be tax-exempt, visit alabamaretail.org. For the list of qualified items for the 2012 sales tax holiday by the Alabama Department of Revenue, visit ador.state.al.us/salestax/STHolidayQuickRefSheet12.pdf.

James Clemens High School

German program at James Clemens impresses national group

Madison

Triana welcomes opening of Smithsonian exhibit

Huntsville

Thomas Fleming wins American Legion Oratorical Contest

Harvest

Try Spring Break camp at Fantasy Playhouse or botanical garden

James Clemens High School

Flagg, McDougal accepted in State Superintendent’s Art Exhibit

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones Blue Knights take Overall Championship in Hazel Green

Bob Jones High School

Madison claims first-place wins in All-Girls State Chess Championship

Madison

Madison Fire & Rescue responds to second baby surrender through Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

Robertson finds ‘perfect fit’ as Special Education Coordinator

Liberty Middle School

Liberty’s Mardi Paws Parade raises funds for shelter animals

James Clemens High School

11-day tour to Korea, Japan in summer 2025 open to Madison teens

James Clemens High School

Players eager for 2024 Grade-Level City Chess Championship

Harvest

‘Brews for Enable’ at Yellowhammer to benefit Enable Madison County

Bob Jones High School

MCCL members, teams grab awards at Rookie Rally

Madison

State board lauds Heritage in ‘Top 25 Percent Schools’ for Alabama

Harvest

Parker composes, performs and mentors songwriters in lifetime of music

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC named Grand Champions at Hoover

Bob Jones High School

TVA’s School Uplift grants can reduce energy costs and improve campus

Bob Jones High School

Warm-up Quads on Feb. 24 to prepare players for City Chess Championship

Liberty Middle School

Chander, Grieve, Rajput win national awards in PTA Reflections

Bob Jones High School

Knights of Columbus’ donations buy pods for MCS Special Education

Madison

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 14, 2024

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones, JC girls gear up for region play today at Wallace State

x