Pelham to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

By BRIANA HARRIS / Staff Writer

PELHAM – The city of Pelham will participate in the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in February 2017.

During the holiday, which will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 and end at midnight on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, residents can purchase certain items related to severe weather preparedness free of state and local sales tax.

This will be Alabama’s sixth annual sales tax holiday. Alabama shoppers will be able to stock up tax-free on common supplies costing $60 or less per item.

Items exempt from sales tax during the holiday include most batteries, cell phone batteries, cell phone chargers, many radios, many light sources such as flashlights and lanterns, tarps and other waterproof sheeting, anchor systems such as bungee cords or rope, duct tape, plywood, non-electric food storage cooler, non-electric can opener, artificial ice, ice packs, first aid kits, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and gasoline fuel containers, among other items.

Coin batteries and automobile and boat batteries will be taxed.

Also, residents can avoid paying sales tax on a single purchase up to $1,000 of a portable generator and power cords.

Local governments have until Jan. 24, 2017 to notify the Alabama Department of Revenue if they will waive their sales taxes on the covered items.