By: Diane Benjamin
Besides the State of Illinois cancelling the 1% grocery tax and delaying the inflation adjusted gas tax increase until after the November election, you can save on Sales Tax for 10 days. This savings only applies to items they considered school supplies.
See the Qualifying and Non-Qualifying items on page 3: https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/research/publications/bulletins/Documents/2022/FY%202022-24_N0522.pdf#search=Sales%20Tax%20holiday
Since it takes 6 weeks to vote, why is this 10 days? (August 5th-Aug 14th) The State of Illinois thinks you can shop for school in 10 days? How dare they!
The tax on qualifying purchases is reduced to 1.25% from 6.25%. I feel sorry for the retailers who have to program their systems based on the list. Then they have to put the tax back on August 15th. Maybe the re-programming was saved from last year when the State did the same thing.
Check the qualified list, you don’t have to prove any purchases are for school to save 5%.