The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 26, 2013

Back-to-school tax holiday set for Aug. 2-4

By Caleb Odom
For The News Courier

— As the summer break comes to a close for students of all ages, people begin to stock up on back to school items.

Starting Friday Aug. 2 and running till midnight Sunday Aug. 4, consumers will get a tax break on many school-related items.

Necessities such as notebooks, pens and calculators will be tax-free in every business in the city of Athens that carry those items.

“The city of Athens has always participated in this,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “What can help families prepare kids to get ready to go back to school is a benefit to all of us.”

The tax exemption also extends to clothing items up to $100.

The biggest weekend savings, however, could come from people buying electronics since the tax exemption applies to computers or other related items of $750 dollars or less.

Athens City Clerk John Hamilton said the tax holiday is mandatory for all businesses in the city and not just something a specific business decides to take part in.

Marks added that the tax holiday is a way for the city to show they care about families and, more importantly, children.

Kurt Leopard, chairman of the board at the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, looks at the tax break as a way to teach young people about saving money even if it is a few dollars.

“Any little bit this day and age counts,” he said.