By Trent Moore

trentm@cullmantimes.com



Local mother of two Wendy Martin said she will likely take advantage of the sales tax holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 1-3.

“Yeah, we probably will,” she said while shopping with her children Tuesday.

Shoppers in Cullman can look forward to the tax-free holiday — which will not only knock off the 8 percent state tax, but also the one-half percent city sales tax.

Items that will be sold free of taxes include computers and computer accessories priced less than $750, clothing and shoes priced less than $100, textbooks and school supplies priced less than $50 and non-texbooks priced less than $30.

There are no limits as to how many items can be purchased, so long as the items do not exceed the established guidelines.

Items such as video games, magazines, furniture, watches, jewelry and athletic gear are not covered by the sales tax holiday.

Numerous local businesses are expecting a noticeable sales spike due to the special weekend.

“There’s definitely an increase,” Maurices Assistant Manager Tonya Hardy said. “We’ve been planning for this weekend and it’s usually a pretty big one.”

When asked how much business she was anticipating on this year’s tax-free holiday, Belk Assistant Manager Connie Fox replied simply: “A lot.”

She went on to say it will probably be one of the busiest weekends of the year.

“It’s a key weekend for us that helps set the pace going into the holidays,” she said. “It’s probably the second biggest sale weekend. We look to be very busy.”

April Metrock, the new owner of Cutie Patooties, said she is somewhat anxious going into her first tax-free weekend as a business owner.

“I’m kind of nervous,” she said. “I don’t really know what to expect.”

For an exhaustive list of what is and is not covered under the sales tax holiday, check out the Alabama Department of Revenue Online at http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/salestaxhol.htm.

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