CHICAGO – With the start of a new school year fast approaching, state Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging parents to take advantage of a state sales tax decrease on school supplies, clothing, shoes and other items over a 10-day period from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14.

“Back-to-school shopping can sometimes be a real hit on a parent’s wallet, particularly with costs rising this year,” Hurley said. “That’s why I supported a tax holiday that will help lower costs and help parents get the supplies they need for their kids.”

Starting Aug. 5, the state’s sales tax will drop 5% on common back-to-school items, such as book bags, crayons, pencils, notebooks, pens, scissors, school uniforms and other items students are expected to have. Some exclusions apply. To view a thorough list of applicable items and exclusions, please view the Illinois Department of Revenue’s online bulletin at

The sales tax holiday is a part of the Illinois Family Relief Plan, a package of measures supported by Hurley that has suspended state grocery taxes, frozen Illinois’ gas tax and doubled the property tax rebate. The effort also permanently expanded the state’s earned income tax credit, and includes direct income tax rebates for qualifying individuals.

“We want to make sure people know about this tax holiday and are able to take advantage of it,” Hurley said. “Also, please choose to shop local, so that we can support our area businesses and jobs as we begin this new school calendar.”

Rep. Fran HurleyRep. Fran Hurley

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