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Families, Teachers Can Get Relief When Buying School Supplies During Tax Holiday

The state's 10-day sales tax holiday on school supplies starts Friday, allowing shoppers to save 5 percent on the sales tax for some clothing and supplies. Here's the list of what qualifies.

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CHICAGO — Families and teachers will get some relief when buying back-to-school supplies for kids during the next 10 days.

The state is running a 10-day sales tax holiday on school supplies, allowing shoppers to save 5 percent on the sales tax for some clothing and supplies.

Teachers’ tax credit for buying their own school supplies will also be doubled.

The move is part of statewide efforts to help residents as they struggle financially from the pandemic and inflation. Residents will still be taxed on clothing and school supplies, but it will be at 1.25 percent instead of the usual 6.25 percent.

The sales tax holiday runs Friday through Aug. 14.

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Here’s what qualifies for the sales tax holiday:

School supplies:

  • Binders 
  • Bookbags 
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Blackboard chalk 
  • Composition books 
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils 
  • Erasers
  • Expandable pocket, plastic, and manila folders 
  • Glue, paste, and paste sticks
  • Highlighters 
  • Index cards and index card boxes 
  • Legal pads 
  • Lunch boxes 
  • Markers 
  • Notebooks and notebook paper, including loose leaf notebook, copy, graph, tracing, manila, colored and construction paper, and poster board 
  • Pencils and pencil leads 
  • Pens, ink, and ink refills for pens 
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes 
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Protractors, rulers, and compasses 
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

Clothing and footwear for less than $125:

  • Household and shop aprons
  • Athletic supporters
  • Bathing suits and caps
  • Belts and suspenders
  • Coats and jackets
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Hats, caps, and earmuffs 
  • Lab coats 
  • Neckties
  • Rainwear
  • Rubber pants (covers for cloth diapers)
  • Scarves 
  • Underwear 
  • School uniforms
  • Shorts and pants
  • Skirts and dresses 
  • Hosiery and panty hose
  • Shirts and blouses 
  • Shoes, sneakers and shoelaces 
  • Sandals 
  • Slippers 
  • Socks and stockings
  • Footlets
  • Boots and overshoes
  • Insoles for shoes
  • Steel-toed shoes 

More information is available here.

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