The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 22, 2013

Sales tax holiday on emergency preparedness items begins today

From staff, wire reports
The News Courier

— Alabama residents buying supplies they need to make it through times of severe weather will not have to pay sales tax for certain items this weekend.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday people need to take advantage of the break from Alabama's sales tax to stock up on emergency supplies. The holiday from sales tax will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will run through the end of the day Sunday.

Items covered by the sales tax holiday must cost $60 or less with the exception of generators, which must cost $1,000 or less.

Several cities and counties — including Athens and Limestone County — have joined the state and are removing their own sales and use taxes from the covered items over the weekend.