Sales tax holiday coming to Illinois

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

CARBONDALE,IL - (KFVS) Back-to-school savings are just around the corner for parents in Illinois.

Getting the kids ready to go back to school can be costly. It's estimated that Illinois' parents spend between $800 million and $1.2 billion every year on back-to-school supplies.

But, this year those parents on going to save a little on all those items, with a number of sales tax free holidays.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation to create the states first sales tax holidays on July 7th. The days will begin on August 6th and run through August 15th.

"It's a great program in these times," Lisa Demarzo said.

The actual savings will be the state's five percent tax on the total sale.

"It's a nice little tax break," said Trena Lindsey.

"School supplies are expensive we can use all the help we can get on buying those supplies."

And some parents say the state leaders are doing the right thing in helping their kids get an education.

"I think it's a good thing because there's a lot of people who don't have jobs," said Edna Doublin.

"The economy is bad and I think they ought to start doing more things to help our children to make sure they can get a better education."

Still some parents feel the savings at the cash register could cost the state in other ways.

"That's going to add up to a lot of money missed out on by the state. That's where they get the revenue to pay for the schools, to pay for the roads and the city and state workers. The state needs that money and so does the towns," Lindsey said.

The tax breaks will not apply to computers, text books and any art supplies.

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