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Illinois sales tax holiday underway for back-to-school

Illinois sales tax holiday underway for back-to-school
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By West Kentucky Star staff
Aug. 06, 2022 | ILLINOIS
By West Kentucky Star staff Aug. 06, 2022 | 03:06 PM | ILLINOIS
Illinois has begun a sales tax holiday period for back-to-school shoppers, but it's not the same as the tax-free weekends that other states have practiced for years.

As of Friday, Illinois state sales tax on eligible items is reduced from 6.25% to 1.25%. The reduction will remain in effect through Sunday, August 14. Other local taxes will still apply.

A long list of items are eligible covering school supplies, clothing, footwear and other accessories. Clothing items  and shoes must cost less than $125 to be eligible. Items not eligible include sporting goods, electronics and art supplies. A complete list is linked below.

The Illinois state legislature included the sales tax holiday in this year's $46 billion budget as of July 1.

This is a tax-free weekend in Missouri for back-to-school shoppers. 

Over the past ten years, Kentucky's General Assembly has discussed similar legislation but has never approved a tax-free weekend.






(Photo: Marta Lavandier/AP)

On the Net:

Illinois state tax holiday -- eligible and non-eligible items list
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