Sept. 1 was a good day for most shoppers in Alabama once the 1% sales tax reduction on groceries went into effect.
That is, unless you happened to have that tax mistakenly doubled at some Walmart and Sam’s Clubs stores. The company said some shoppers in Alabama were overcharged in the company system after it updated to the new tax rate.
However, Walmart said they caught the issue Friday and it was corrected the same day.
“Now, we are taking an additional step and providing Walmart customers who shopped with us in our Alabama stores on Friday, September 1, 2023 with a $5 Walmart Gift Card,” the company said.
“To be eligible, customers will need to bring their receipt, dated September 1, 2023, showing the overcharged sales tax to the customer service desk at any Alabama Walmart store. Gift cards will be available through Monday, September 18, 2023.”
According to a news release, Sam’s Club members impacted by the overcharged sales tax will receive $5 in Sam’s Cash automatically applied to their account.
As of last Friday, Alabama has joined 47 other states that do not fully tax groceries. Last year, food prices increased 13.5% – the largest 12-month percentage increase since 1979.
Grayson Everett is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270