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Illinois adds a sales tax holiday

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

By Associated Press

Chicago, IL – Back-to-school shoppers can look forward to a small discount on purchases next month. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that eliminates the state's 5 percent sales tax for ten days - from August 6 to August 15.

The sales tax holiday applies to school supplies and clothing items that are less than $100. Computers, art supplies and textbooks will still be taxed as normal. Any local sales tax will still be in effect.

Critics say the tax-free week could cost the state up to $60 million in revenue at a time when Illinois is awash in debt. But Quinn countered the tax holiday could ultimately generate more income because of increased purchases of items that don't qualify for the tax break.

Quinn says Illinois is the 14th state to create a tax holiday. Missouri has had a sales tax holiday for several years.

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