Jefferson County not participating in sales tax holiday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - People who shop at stores in Jefferson County will not be able to get tax-free school supplies during the upcoming sales tax holiday weekend.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commission announced the county will not participate in the upcoming sales tax holiday weekend. Commission president Bettye Fine Collins said the county cannot afford to give up sales tax revenues for the weekend.

"The county needs to set aside funds, especially with the latest occupational tax under legal challenge," Collins said.

This is the second year the county has not participated in the sales tax holiday.

Commissioner Sheila Smoot said she would like to see the sales tax holiday returned to Jefferson County. She said being a mother of a child, she knows how much a difference that can mean to a family.

The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01am on Friday, August 6, and continues through midnight Sunday, August 8. People who shop for school supplies in Jefferson County will not have to pay state sales tax and, in participating cities, will not have to pay city sales tax.

For a list of cities and counties participating in the sales tax holiday, and for a list of items that will be tax exempt during the sales tax holiday weekend, please visit the following website:

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