Alabama retail experts speak out on tax-free weekend as economy rebounds

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville is just one place in town teeming with shoppers looking to take advantage of the tax-free back-to-school vacation in Alabama to purchase qualifying items like clothing, shoes, school supplies and technology, minus the 4% state tax.

“On top of that, retailers are also offering storytelling this weekend, so sometimes the items fall into the sale price net of tax,” said Nancy King Dennis, public relations manager for the Alabama Retail Association.

Mall general manager Molly Bell said there had been an increase in sales in recent months as people felt more comfortable shopping in person.

“So you take sales and then add to that this tax-free weekend, you’re really looking for big savings and great value that you’re spending right now,” Bell said.

Dennis says that after a financially tough year due to the pandemic, the economy is rebounding.

“Alabama and our country are experiencing a rapid economic recovery, and so every month from May 2020 through May of this year, we have experienced robust growth compared to the same month a year earlier,” said Dennis.

Dennis added that this created a side effect: inflation rates not seen in years, raising the price of goods in several sectors. She says it might only be temporary, but until it ends, buyers are paying higher prices for some essentials.

“The Fed Reserve thinks it will work out, as this supply chain problem goes away,” she said.

His advice to those who find they are paying more?

“Patience. Patience and plan your spending. It’s one thing about the sales tax holiday weekend. You can actually save money this weekend.”

She says even 4% off can help a lot.

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