Tax-free weekend begins

Published 11:18 am Friday, July 20, 2018

By Jenna Oden

The school year is fast approaching for Pike County Schools and Troy University, which means it’s time to stock up on school supplies, computers, books and clothing.

To assist parents in affording all the essentials their students need, the 13th annual sales tax holiday has begun as of 12:01 a.m. today and will continue until Sunday, July 22 at midnight. This is only the second year that it has been in July, according to the Alabama Retail Association.

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“We are working hard to make sure people realize it’s this weekend and as many people take advantage of the tax savings as possible,” said Melissa Warnke, Communications and Engagement Manager. “Families throughout the state rely on the tax savings, especially if they have several children to clothe and buy school supplies for before the school year starts.”

Troy, Brundidge and Pike County are all participating, as they do each year.

Not only does the tax-break offer a chance to stock up on school supplies, but a chance to get yourself something special if you’ve been eyeing it or a new pair of running shoes or even diapers.

“While this tax holiday was created for families with school children, you don’t have to be buying school items to take advantage of the tax savings,” Warnke said. “If you’re buying any kind of clothing, apparel, tennis shoes ($100 or less per item), office supplies or books, or even a new tablet, you can save some money. You can find a full list of tax exempt items at Check that list before you go.”

Exempt items include:

• clothing priced at $100 or less per article of clothing;

• school supplies valued at $50 or less per item;

• books that cost $30 or less per book; and

• tablets, laptops, computers and printers with a selling price of $750 or less.