CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois kicks off a 10-day gross sales tax vacation this week to assist households and college students getting ready to return to high school.

From August 5 till August 14, customers can save 5% on the gross sales tax for garments and college provides. This implies, as a substitute of paying the state gross sales tax of 6.25% tax, customers pays 1.25% on again to high school procuring.

Garments or footwear have to be lower than $125 per merchandise to qualify for the tax low cost. Qualifying faculty provides should not have the identical worth constraints.

The gross sales tax vacation is a part of the $46.5 billion greenback state funds that went in to impact July 1.

This tax vacation comes simply as many households are feeling the pinch of inflation. In response to the newest estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the costs of the next faculty associated gadgets elevated from June 2021 to June 2022:

1. Sports activities tools: by 8%

2. Musical devices: by 5.6%

3. Attire: by 5.2%

4. Toy, video games and playground tools: by 4.8%

5. Academic books and provides: by 3.7%

6. Tuition, faculty charges and childcare: by 2.7%

Beneath is an inventory of QUALIFYING gadgets for the Illinois gross sales tax vacation:

Clothes Retail (promoting worth have to be lower than $125 per merchandise, together with):

-household and store aprons

-athletic supporters

-bathing fits and caps

-belts and suspenders

-coats and jackets

-gloves and mittens

-hats, caps, and ear muffs

-lab coats



-rubber pants (covers for fabric diapers)



-school uniforms

-shorts and pants

-skirts and attire

-hosiery and pantyhose

-shirts and blouses

Footwear Retail (promoting worth have to be lower than $125 per merchandise, together with):

-shoes, sneakers, and shoe laces



-socks and stockings


-boots and overshoes

-insoles for footwear

-steel-toed footwear

College provides (Have to be utilized by college students in the middle of examine, together with:)


-book luggage


-cellophane tape

-blackboard chalk

-composition books


-colored pencils


-expandable pocket, plastic, and manila folders

-glue, paste, and paste sticks


-index playing cards and index card bins

-legal pads

-lunch bins


-notebooks and pocket book paper, together with unfastened leaf pocket book, copy, graph, tracing, manila, coloured and development paper, and poster board

-pencils and pencil leads

-pens, ink, and ink refills for pens

-pencil bins and different faculty provide bins

-pencil sharpeners

-protractors, rulers, and compasses


-writing tablets

  • Beneath is an inventory NON-QUALIFYING gadgets from the web site:

  • Clothes equipment (Any clothes merchandise with a retail promoting worth of $125 or extra)



    -hair notions together with, however not restricted to barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets

    -handbags and wallets


    -jewelry and watches

    -non-prescription sun shades


    -wigs and hair items

    Sports activities or leisure tools

    -gloves, together with however not restricted to baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, and golf gloves


    -hand and elbow guards

    -life preservers and vests

    -mouth guards

    -shin guards

    -shoulder pads


    Protecting tools

    -breathing masks

    -clean room attire and tools

    -ear and listening to protectors

    -face shields

    -hard hats and helmets

    -paint or mud respirators

    -protective gloves

    -safety glasses and goggles

    -safety and power belts

    -welder’s gloves and masks


    -ballet, faucet, cleated or spiked athletic footwear

    -roller and ice skates

    -ski boots

    -waders and fins

    Artwork Provides

    -clay and glazes

    -acrylic, tempera, and oil paints

    -paintbrushes for paintings

    -sketch and drawing pads


    Tutorial materials

    -reference books

    -reference maps and globes

    -textbooks and workbooks

    Laptop and laptop provides

    -computers and associated provides

    -flashdrives and different laptop information storage gadgets

    -data storage media resembling diskettes, and compact disks

    -boxes and instances for disk storage

    -external ports or drives

    -computer instances

    -computer cables

    -computer printers

    -printer cartridges, toner, and ink


    -cameras and associated provides resembling movie and reminiscence playing cards, video cameras, tapes and videotapes

    -cell telephones

    -Private Digital Assistants (PDA’s) and handheld digital schedulers

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