8:17am

Mon July 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Cities and Counties To Decide on Tax Free Holiday Participation

Birmingham,Alabama –
(AP) - The deadline has arrived for Alabama
cities and counties to notify the state if they plan to participate
in exempting shoppers from sales taxes on back-to-school purchase
made from Aug. 7-9.
Despite the recession, most Birmingham-area governments will
participate.
The holiday, enacted in 2006 to coincide with the beginning of
school, exempts shoppers from the state's 4 percent sales tax and
cities and counties also may exempt their local sales taxes.
Among items on which taxes are exempt are clothing, books,
computer and school supplies.
According to the state Department of Revenue, since the holiday
went into effect tax collections have risen each August from the
previous year.
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