Back to School Shopping Near Birmingham New HomesThe start of school is just around the corner and for parents that means back-to-school shopping. From three-ring binders to new shoes, the list of “must have” items is long and can get expensive. This weekend, residents of our Alabama new homes will have the opportunity to save a little with the annual “Back-to-School” Sales Tax Holiday.

Beginning Friday, August 2, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, August 4, 2013 at midnight, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers and clothing free of state sales tax.

Clothing items available free of state tax ($100 or less per article of clothing) include:

  • Belts
  • Boots
  • Caps
  • Coats
  • Diapers
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Gym Suits
  • Hats
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Neckties
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Raincoats
  • Robes
  • Sandals
  • Scarves
  • School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sneaks
  • Underwear


Computers available free of tax include laptops, desktops or tower computer systems. Additionally, computer software is exempt from taxes, as well as school computer supplies including computer storage media, handheld electronic schedulers, personal digital assistants, computer printers and printer supplies. A single purchase of $750 or less is eligible for exemption of state taxes.

Several of the standard school supplies ($50 or less per item) are exempt from state taxes this weekend including:

  • Binders
  • Blackboard Chalk
  • Book Bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Index Card Boxes
  • Legal Pads
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing Tablets


Whether your student is in need of new clothes, a computer or school supplies, this weekend is your opportunity to get your child school ready without breaking the bank. Residents of our Birmingham new home communities have an abundance of opportunities to take advantage of the 2013 Sales Tax Holiday with fantastic shopping available nearby at The Summit, Riverchase Galleria, Colonial Brookwood Village and much more. For more information on the 2013 “Back-to-School” Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Alabama Department of Revenue website.

As a Birmingham home builder, we understand the importance of education and build spacious new homes in the best school districts throughout metro Birmingham. For more information on our six Birmingham communities, as well as our new homes in Pike Road, Ala. at The Waters, visit the Harris Doyle Homes website today!