Joyce emphasizes back-to-school tax holiday on school supplies 


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KANKAKEE – Illinois will institute a 10-day tax holiday on school supplies, and working families and teachers can expect to have reduced shopping costs ahead of the upcoming school year, thanks to support from State Senator Patrick Joyce.

“For educators and working families, back-to-school shopping can be a stressful time due to the costs of new items needed for every school year,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “Instituting a tax holiday will help relieve burdensome costs in order to ensure students are prepared for the upcoming school year.”

The law lowers the state tax rate on school supplies and eligible clothes and footwear from 6.25% down to 1.25% for 10 days. This tax break began on Aug. 5 and will go through Aug. 14, 2022.

“For our students to be successful in school, it is important they are provided with new supplies each year,” said Joyce. “I urge all Illinois families and educators to make use of this tax break in order to contribute to our students’ success.” 

Public Act 102-0700 took effect on April 19, 2022 and was fully implemented with the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget on July 1, 2022.


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