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Back-to-school sales tax holiday set for July 17-19

School, not matter how different than usual it will look, is set to be back in session for the 2020-21 school year.

Butler County is a participant in this year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday which is set to be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 17 and will last until midnight on Sunday, July 19.

The sales tax exemption will apply to a variety of school supplies, computers, clothing items and books, removing the state four percent sales tax and use tax. Cities and counties can choose to opt in to the program and waive their own taxes, and Butler County, Greenville, Georgiana and McKenzie each chose to opt in. The full list of municipalities can be found on revenue.alabama.gov.

The exemption applies to clothing $100 or less per item including diapers or footwear, “certain school supply items” $50 or less, computers or computer equipment at $750 or less. Books at $30 or less or textbooks at $50 or less will also receive the sales tax exemption.

According to the Dept. of Revenue, the exemptions will apply to “general use” clothing items ranging from belts, coats, pants and sneakers. Accessories, protective equipment (i.e. tool belts, hard hats) and sports or recreational equipment are not included in the exemption.

The computer category includes school computer supplies such as storage media, handheld electronic schedulers or digital assistants excluding cell phones and printers. “Recreational use” systems or non-educational video games are excluded.

The list of school supplies is wide-ranging, including everything from calculators, book bags, lunch boxes and folders. Art supplies are also included.

The full list of items that are part of the sales tax holiday can be found on revenue.alabama.gov