Back to School tax holiday began Aug. 5
State officials are encouraging Illinois families to take advantage of the state’s Back to School tax holiday, which began Aug. 5 and continues through Aug. 14.
The 10-day sales tax holiday, the first for Illinois in over a decade, 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.
Beginning Aug. 5, the state sales tax on school supplies dropped from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent.
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.