Make Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Permanent?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — The holiday for the Illinois sales tax during back-to-school time in the late summer would be an annual event, under a bill that has been introduced in the state House.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, state Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) says suspending the sales tax actually helps the state.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

“It’s really psychological, because it doesn’t really make any sense to save 6 1/2 percent on sales tax for people to go out and spend more,” Frank said. “But the empirical evidence of all the other states – as well as Illinois when we had it last year – indicates that people do spend more, and they spend it on items that would not be sales tax free, so as a result, the state does bring in more money, plus more people are hired, and it really does stimulate the economy.”

Franks says the dates of the holiday would be Aug. 6 through 15 every year. It would apply to back to school items, as well as articles of clothing that cost less than $100.

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  • southside

    Rep Franks needs to put down his crack pipe. Of course people will buy more during the tax holiday. What Mr. Franks forgets is that the same folks delay or pull forward the same purchases to buy them on sale. Back to school items aren’t discretionary items. They are like toilet paper…you gotta buy them, so buy them on sale. This nutball way of thinking is why our state is bankrupt.

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