AL lawmakers pass bill moving school sales tax holiday - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

AL lawmakers pass bill moving school sales tax holiday

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A bill to move Alabama's back to school tax holiday is headed for Gov. Robert Bentley's desk, according to the Alabama Retail Association. Once signed, the 2017 tax holiday will be July 21 through 23.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, and co-sponsored by Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, officially changed the tax holiday from the first weekend in August to the third weekend of July.

According to the ARA, the date change ensures the tax holiday would occur before the start of the school year throughout the state. The ARA says since the sales tax holiday's inception, sales tax collections have experienced a decline in the month of August.

"Both years, the tax holiday occurred at the absolute latest possible time it could, Aug. 7 through 9, well after most schools had started classes, making it impossible for parents to take advantage of the tax savings," The ARA said.

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