ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – To ensure that both parents and educators aren’t breaking the bank at the start of the school year, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is reminding residents of tax programs that can help them save money on their back-to-school spending.
“While the beginning of a new school year can be an exciting time, providing students with all the various supplies they need to have a successful school year can be extremely expensive,” said Manley. “In order to help keep money in the pockets of parents and teachers, the state provides tax relief for purchases of various back-to-school items. I highly encourage residents to take advantage of this program and save themselves some money during the upcoming tax season.”
According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in elementary through high school are estimated to spend $890 per household on average on back-to-school. In order to provide relief to these families, Manley is highlighting the Illinois Education Expense Credit, which allows the parents of K-12 students to take a 25% tax credit on educational expenses, such as tuition and book rentals, over $250. To ensure that educators who pay for classroom supplies are getting relief, the K-12 Instructional Materials and Supplies Tax Credit allows certain school staff to claim a credit up to $500 for qualified expenses.
As a certified public accountant, Manley has seen the credit provide relief and since entering the General Assembly, she has worked to ensure that students have the resources they need to succeed without putting an undue burden on their families. This year, Manley passed a state budget that provides hundreds of millions in new educational spending, giving school districts the resources they need without raising property taxes. Manley also held a Back-to-School Fair earlier this summer, connecting families with vital services.
“Every child, regardless of their family’s financial situation, deserves to have a quality education and opportunities to succeed,” said Manley. “Investing in our schools and students is investing in the future of our community, and I will continue my efforts to ensure that all students have the support they need.”