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Back to school sales tax holiday continues until Aug. 14 (free content)

Families shopping for back-to-school supplies will be able to benefit from the state’s sales tax holiday that continues until Aug. 14.

The 10-day sales tax holiday is the first for Illinois in more than a decade. It was created to save families $50 million on school supplies and is part of the $1.8 billion Illinois Family Relief Plan, with relief on gas, property taxes and groceries. 

The holiday began Aug. 5. During the 10-day holiday, the state sales tax on school supplies will drop from 6.25% to 1.25%. Eligible items include qualifying clothing and footwear such as school uniforms, coats, sneakers, rainwear, and winter gear with a retail selling price of less than $125 per item. Eligible school supplies including book bags, calculators, and other items used by students for studying are not subject to the $125 threshold. 

A Deloitte survey estimated that parents and guardians spend an average of $661 per child during the back to school shopping season. With inflation continuing to impact the lives of Illinoisans across the state, the sales tax holiday will allow Illinois families to shop for back to school supplies at a lower cost, reducing expenses during a high-spend time for most families.

Teachers are also able to take advantage of the tax holiday, saving money on classroom supplies including blackboard chalk, binders, index cards, writing tablets, and more. Teachers can also receive an income tax credit up to $250 for school supplies purchased for their classrooms. 

Additional resources for retailers, including a complete list of qualifying items, may be found on the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website tax.illinois.gov.

More information on property tax and income rebates can be found here. Taxpayer representatives can also answer questions and provide assistance at 1- 800-732-8866 or 217-782-3336.

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