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Chamber: Shop locally during tax-exempt day

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com · 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County Chamber of
Commerce Executive Director Vicki Morese is urging residents to shop near home
during the upcoming sales-tax holiday.

This is the second year
the county has joined the
state by approving a tax-free, back-to-school shopping weekend.

The tax exemption, set for Aug. 3-5, applies to clothes up to $100 per article, computers and computer supplies up to $750, and nearly all school and art supplies.

Indirect benefits

Even though the county won't profit directly from the
purchase of those items
on those days, Morese said
residents should still support local businesses and communities.

In fact, the state's sales-tax revenue was up 10 percent during August of last year, despite the sales-tax holiday, according to the Alabama Retail Association.

While people were out shopping for tax-exempt supplies, they apparently picked up a significant amount of products not on the exemption list, said Morese.

The taxes collected on those items go back into the community to pave roads, improve education and other public services, she said.

"One of the things we try to stress to people is to keep their tax dollars here so that their money is distributed here and used for things that improve their county, their home," said Morese.

To help you

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has added a link to the Alabama Department of Revenue’s list of tax-exempt items, www.lawrencealabama.com.

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