Mixed bag for Alabama’s first sales tax holiday for severe weather supplies
But it’s being seen as a good trial run for the event’s permanent date, which will fall in February from now on, as well as a warm up for the annual and typically successful back to school sales tax holiday at the beginning of August. job market worries and election year uncertainty sending shivers through consumers’ confidence. Students’ return to class will be a critical time for state and local merchants to bridge the gap until the all important holiday shopping season.Across metro Birmingham last weekend, retailers stocked up on severe weather gear.From the Lowe’s in Hoover to the Home Depot in Trussville, there were prominent displays of exempt items, including flashlights, batteries, tarps and portable generators.Despite publicity about the event, many customers were surprised to discover the items were sales tax free in participating communities, said Nancy Dennis, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Retail Association.”I had several retailers, especially smaller retailers, tell me that only a few of their weekend customers were aware of the sales tax h Swarovski Crystal oliday,” she said.Having it on the weekend following July 4 Swarovski Crystal hurt and helped, D Swarovski Crystal ennis added. Many Alabama shoppers were out of town, but that did pull some people into stores.The sales tax holiday wa Swarovski Crystal s originally planned to coincide with the anniversary of the deadly April 2011 tornadoes, but the state Legislature did not pass it in time.