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Alabama tax-free weekend now underway

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

If you're trying to take advantage of this year's tax-free weekend, the state of Alabama wants you to take note that the official holiday has been moved up a bit. 

This year, lawmakers voted to change the holiday's date from the first weekend of August to the fourth weekend in July. That means that the state's 12th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and end at midnight on Sunday.  

It will mark the first time that the holiday has taken place in July, and it's a move that the Alabama Department of Revenue is hoping will allow students and teachers to buy necessary school supplies before the new school year begins. 

Local governments had a choice to cooperate with the new date for the holiday, and despite the change, 319 localities are participating, according to the department. 

However, there are a number of areas that are not participating in the holiday, or will have limited availability for tax-exempted sales. To see if your area is participating, there is a list that can be found on the department of revenue's website. 

It's also important for shoppers to know that not everything sold this weekend is tax-free. Only school supplies, computers and clothing will be exempt, but even some of those things will still be taxed during the holiday.  

The department also provided a guide to what is taxed and what is not. That guide is below: 

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