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Sales tax holiday starts Friday

Published 4:07pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A dollar will stretch a little farther in Butler County this weekend.

That’s because Butler County, the City of Greenville and the City of Georgiana are joining with the state to exempt certain school supplies and clothing from sales tax between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday as part of Alabama’s 8th annual sales tax holiday.

“We’ve been doing this for a number of years and I think it’s something that is really appreciated,” Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

Butler County, Greenville and Georgiana have participated in the sales tax holiday since its inception in 2006.

Each county and municipality in Alabama decides if it will waive local sales tax, collect a portion or not participate in the sales-tax-free weekend. Retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday.

According to the Alabama Retail Association, nearly 280 communities are taking part in this year’s sales tax holiday, which covers clothing items less than $100, school supplies, books, computers and computer equipment.

For more information on which items are covered by the sales tax holiday visit www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax.

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