Illinois sales tax holiday ends today: Here’s how to save – NBC Chicago | Vette Leader

Illinois’ 10-day sales tax holiday ends Sunday, but shoppers can claim tax breaks on a number of items before it ends.

Unlike tax-free weekends, a sales tax is still added to purchases, but state officials say it’s reduced on certain purchases.

You should know this if you want to go shopping on Sunday.

What is the tax holiday?

Senate Bill 157 cuts the tax rate on clothing and school supplies by 5% for 10 days in August.

“In a nod to our working parents, guardians and teachers in Illinois, the cut in the school supplies tax rate removes a burden in preparing for the school year,” State Senator Rachelle Crowe said in a statement. “I hope that by introducing a tax exemption, we can help relieve families and educators of some of the financial costs of preparing students for the upcoming school year.”

The move was part of a $46.5 billion budget that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in April.

“The budget I’m signing today brings real improvements to the lives of working families and prepares us for a stronger financial future.” Pritzker said in a statement. “Investments in stronger schools, modernized airports and resurfaced freeways, hundreds of thousands of well-paying infrastructure jobs, and a better-funded pension system…these are the kind of priorities we can invest in if our state is well-governed.”

The budget went into effect on July 1, the beginning of the state fiscal year.

Other tax cuts included in the budget included a suspension of the state food tax and a temporary halt to a gas tax hike that was due to take effect this month.

When will the Illinois tax rate go down?

The 10-day period began on August 5th and ends on Sunday.

How much will you save?

Over the 10 days, the price of certain items will drop from 6.25% to 1.25%.

Which items have lower tax rates?

Qualifying purchases include certain clothing and shoes with a retail selling price of less than $125 per item. Eligible school supplies are not subject to the $125 threshold.

Here is a full list of items covered by the tax cut:


Retail selling price must be lower
than $125 per item

• Household and shop aprons
• sporting supporters
• Bathing suits and hats
• Belts and suspenders
• Coats and jackets
• Gloves and mittens
• Hats, caps and earmuffs
• Lab coat
• Ties
• Rainwear
• Rubber pants (covers for cloth
• Scarves
• underwear
• School uniforms
• Shorts and pants
• Skirts and dresses
• Hosiery and tights
• Shirts and blouses


Retail selling price must be lower
than $125 per item
• Shoes, sneakers and shoelaces
• Sandals
• Slippers
• Socks and stockings
• Booties
• Boots and overshoes
• Insoles for shoes
• Steel toe shoes

school supplies

Must be used by students in the
• Binders
• Book bags
• Calculator
• cellophane tape
• Chalk
• Composition books
• Colored pencils
• Colored pencils
• Erasers
• expandable bag, plastic and
manila folder
• Glue, paste and paste sticks
• Highlighter
• Index cards and index card boxes
• Notepads
• Lunch boxes
• Markings
• notebooks and notebook paper,
including loose-leaf notebook,
copy, graph, manila, tracing,
colored and craft paper,
and billboard
• Pencils and pencil leads
• Pens, ink and pen refills
• Pen boxes and other school
supply boxes
• Pencil sharpener
• Protractors, rulers and compasses
• Scissors
• Writing boards

Which items are not eligible?


Each garment with a retail
Selling price of $125 or more and
• Briefcase
• Cosmetics
• Hair terms including but not
limited to barrettes, hair bows,
and hairnets
• Handbags and wallets
• Handkerchiefs
• Jewelry and watches
• Non-prescription sunglasses
• umbrellas
• Wigs and hairpieces
sports or leisure
• Gloves, including but not limited to
baseball, bowling, boxing,
hockey and golf gloves
• Safety goggles
• Hand and elbow protectors
• Life jackets and life jackets
• Mouthguard
• Shin guards
• Shoulder pads
• Wetsuits

protective gear

• Breathing masks
• Cleanroom clothing and equipment
• Ear and hearing protection
• Face protection
• Hard hats and helmets
• Paint or dust respirators
• Protective gloves
• Safety goggles and goggles
• Safety and tool belts
• Welding gloves and masks
• ballet, tap, cleated, or spiked
• Roller skates and ice skates
• Ski boots
• Waders and fins

school supplies

All items not used by students in
the study and
• Clay and glazes
• Acrylic, tempera and oil paints
• Brushes for artwork
• Sketch and drawing blocks
• Watercolors
teaching material
• Reference books
• Reference maps and globes
• Textbooks and workbooks
• Computers and accessories
• Flash drives and other computers
data storage devices
• Data carriers such as
Floppy disks and CDs
• Boxes and sleeves for storing records
• external ports or drives
• Computer case
• Computer cables
• Computer printer
• Printer cartridges, toner and ink
• Cameras and Accessories
such as film and memory cards,
video cameras, tapes, etc
• cell phones
• Personal digital assistants
(PDAs) and handheld electronics

You can find more information on VAT exemption here.

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