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Shoppers urged to take advantage of tax-free holiday

By Lauren Johnson

Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19 will be Alabama’s 15th annual back-to-school sales tax holiday weekend.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ending at midnight on Sunday, all school-related items will be tax-free.

These items include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies valued at $50 or less per item, books priced at $30 or less per book, and tablets, laptops, computers, and printers that are $750 or less.

“It’s more crucial than ever to shop local and support local merchants in our community,” said Dana Sanders the president of Pike County Chamber of Commerce. “Because of the current Covid-19 situation and our economic climate, we would like to make sure we keep as much money local as possible.”

The Alabama Retail Association also recommends shoppers to buy from local retailers by promoting the use of the #ShopAlabama hashtag. “Shopping with businesses that have a physical presence in your local area keeps businesses open and your neighbors employed,” said Rick Brown, the Alabama Retail Association President.

Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of the tax-free weekend and consider thinking ahead to purchase items that may be needed later in the year. To help support local businesses as well as others in the community, shoppers can purchase extra school supplies to donate to local school children.

“This year’s sales tax holiday will provide momentum for Alabama’s continued economic recovery,” said Brown. “Saving money for consumers while stimulating sales for stores is what this weekend is all about.”

The City of Troy, Brundidge, and Pike County will all be participating in this sales tax holiday weekend giving shoppers the chance to purchase needed school-related items for the fall.

“It’s been a difficult time for everyone, so this is very important for families with multiple children who are getting ready to go back to school,” Sanders said.

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