As the new academic year quickly approaches, State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is highlighting the upcoming sales tax holiday on certain clothing and school-related items that will take place August 5-14. During that ten day period, sales tax for school supplies and qualifying clothing and footwear will be reduced by 5 percent.
“As a parent and a former educator, I know how expensive back to school shopping can be, especially as we deal with the current inflation,” Scherer said. “This sales tax holiday will put money back into the pockets of families across the state as they prepare their children for the new school year.”
Items that qualify for the tax holiday include school supplies used by students in their course of study, such as binders, crayons, notebooks, pencils and more. Clothing and footwear that are priced below $125 also qualify for the sales tax holiday. Scherer passed the sales tax holiday as part of the comprehensive Illinois Family Relief Plan, which also suspended the grocery tax, froze the gas tax and doubled property tax rebates.
“I care deeply about the wellbeing of all of the students and families in Illinois, and I will continue advocating for legislation and policy that benefits them,” said Scherer. “I encourage all families to plan ahead and take advantage of the sales tax holiday.”
For more information, please contact Scherer’s district office at 217-877-9636.