Stores expect big tax-free weekend turnout

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – As schools and colleges return to in-person learning, Alabama stores are gearing up for a big tax-free weekend, according to the Alabama Retail Association.

“This year’s sales tax break will provide momentum for Alabama’s continued economic recovery,” President Rick Brown said in a press release.

Most school-related items – which include clothing, books, electronics and more – will be exempt from the state’s 4% sales tax from July 16 to 18.

The Montgomery Sports and Outdoor Academy said it has been preparing for the expected wave of back-to-school buyers for weeks.

“They’ve spent a lot of time getting everything in order and organizing for our clients,” said Megan Rodgers, Academy Sales Director.

The manager tells us that she has seen more buyers wandering the aisles.

“I think people are really excited to be going back to schools, so that means new equipment, right? ” she said.

The sporting goods store offers backpacks and lunch boxes, which are tax exempt.

“Not everyone really thinks of shoes, but you need them,” Rodgers said.

Lisa Christain was rummaging through the backpacks aisle on Thursday with her children. Dalton, 9, has just completed a year of mostly virtual learning, and Ella, 5, is entering kindergarten.

“I’m trying to get a head start,” Christain said of back-to-school shopping.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see what they [schools] do, what are the plans, how are they going to keep everyone safe, ”she said on COVID-19. Her two children will be in person this year, which is why she is looking for supplies.

Montgomery Public Schools have said they will provide all students with “basic consumable school supplies.” The school system listed: paper, pencils, markers, notebooks and pencils.

“We wanted to ease the load on parents as the school year approaches,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore said in a statement. “We know many are struggling financially as a result of COVID, and we’re happy to be able to provide assistance. “

The Alabama Retail Association hopes the audience “#ShopAlabama”.

“Buying with companies that have a physical presence in your area helps keep businesses open and your neighbors employed,” Brown said.

Opelika Main Street is also encouraging residents to shop locally this weekend.

“During the sales tax break, take the opportunity to visit merchants in downtown Opelika,” Executive Director Ken Ward said in a statement. “By buying local, you are helping support your neighbors and friends while making sure the money stays in our community.”

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