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This Weekend: Alabama’s 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Posted by Hanna Selman on July 14, 2020
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Alabama's 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

All students deserve the supplies they need to succeed. Though these items can add up, Alabama is doing its part to make things a bit easier on children and their guardians alike. If you want to save a bundle on what you’re buying, Alabama’s 2020 back-to-school sales tax holiday is the perfect time to shop. It will take place this weekend, starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 17 and lasting through midnight, Sunday July 19. Wondering what it covers? We have the details!

What is Alabama’s 2020 back-to-school sales tax holiday?

Alabama’s 2020 back-to-school sales tax holiday is a weekend where the state will not tax buyers for certain school-related supplies. Considering the state sales tax is usually 4 percent, this can get pricey quite quickly! Additionally, Lee County and its cities will not be charging local taxes on those supplies either. That means even bigger savings!

What items does Alabama’s 2020 back-to-school sales tax holiday cover?

This year, the back-to-school sales tax holiday covers a wide variety of items. We’ll list them by category!

Some of the basic school supplies covered are:

  • Books (under $30);
  • Crayons;
  • Pencils;
  • Lunchboxes;
  • Backpacks;
  • Notebooks;
  • Binders;
  • Index cards;
  • Paper;
  • Folders;
  • And more.

Kids sure do grow fast. That means new clothes are a back-to-school essential—and they’re covered too. The following items are covered and must be $100 or less to qualify:

  • Tennis shoes and boots;
  • Coats;
  • Shirts;
  • Jeans;
  • Diapers;
  • Socks;
  • Pants;
  • School uniforms;
  • And more.

As for electronics, some are also on the list. Note that computers must be a single purchase, and they cannot cost more than $750. The eligible electronics include:

  • Printers;
  • Storage disks;
  • Printer paper;
  • Printer ink; and
  • Computers.

Click here to see the full sheet of items included in the back-to-school sales tax holiday.

Staying Safe

We all want to keep our community safe and healthy. Because it’s possible that stores will be more crowded during this sales tax holiday, taking precautions is more important than ever. If you go shopping during this time, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. You can also bring hand sanitizer and a mini pack of disinfecting wipes, so that you can prevent the spread of germs. Thank you for making sure that your fellow Alabamians are protected!


The 2020-2021 school year approaches. Get prepared for a whole new world of learning this weekend thanks to Alabama’s 2020 back-to-school sales tax holiday. And please—stay safe as you’re saving big on supplies.

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