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Tax-free holiday can be used by Alabamians for emergency supplies

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Alabamians are getting the chance to stock up for tornado season.

Friday kicks off this year’s Severe Weather Tax-Free Holiday. Alabamians can buy certain supplies without tax. Basic supplies for building an emergency kit are included in the tax-free item list.

Nancy Dennis with the Alabama Retail Association said these days are often underused by Alabamians.

“The whole purpose of having the tax holiday is to encourage Alabamians to be prepared for storms before they hit," she said. "It’s a way for consumers to save money on common supplies that they would need in an emergency and be able to buy those supplies tax free.” 

Dennis said the holiday is meant to give shoppers a break in getting supplies needed to keep themselves safe. She also said it’s hard to get Alabamians to utilize this holiday.

“This is one that a lot of people don’t take advantage of. Retailers tell us that generally their customers wait until after the emergency to figure out what they need," she said. "And so, it’s just a way to try to encourage people to build an emergency kit so you have those items when you need them.” 

This tax-free holiday runs through this Sunday.

Heidi Ward is a University of Alabama student intern working in the APR newsroom. So far, Heidi's stories have included the impeachment of Lauderdale County's coroner, and a Black History Month book drive to benefit Alabama's Black Belt.
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