Illinois sales tax freeze on back-to-school items begins today

Illinois Back to School Tax Holiday
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Governor Pritzker is kicking off the state’s Back to School Tax Holiday, beginning today through next weekend.

The 10-day sales tax holiday is the first for Illinois in over a decade, and was originally created to save families some $50 million on school supplies.

“You go from block to block, neighborhood to neighborhood, town to town, families are struggling. They’re struggling and they want to catch a break, and the next ten days they’re going to do that, the sales tax holiday is going to help everybody,” said State Senator Michael Hastings.

The sales tax on school supplies drops from 6.25% to 1.25%. Eligible items included clothing, bookbags, and calculators. Teachers also save money on supplies like writing tablets, chalk, and binders.

Surveys showed parents spend about $660 per child during the back to school season.

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