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Governor Walker Announces “Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday

Sales tax holiday to be included in 2017-19 biennial budget, saves Wisconsin families an estimated $11 million annually

By - Sep 7th, 2016 11:20 am

Madison – Governor Scott Walker will visit Shopko Stores Operating Corporation in Green Bay as well as Kohl’s in Menomonee Falls today to announce the inclusion of a “Back to School” sales tax holiday in his 2017-19 biennial budget. The sales tax holiday would last two days beginning on the first Saturday of August 2017 and would include school supplies, computers costing less than $750, and clothing items costing less than $75 each.

“The sales tax holiday we plan to include in our 2017-19 biennial budget will provide tax relief to the hard-working families of Wisconsin sending their children back to school in the fall,” Governor Walker said. “Our top priority has always been putting Wisconsin’s taxpayers first, and we’re always working to be better stewards of our taxpayers’ dollars and reduce taxes. Tonette and I know firsthand how quickly the cost of school supplies can add up, and this sales tax holiday is just one of the ways we’re working to reduce those costs and ease the tax burden.”

Sales tax holidays temporarily exempt or lower state and local sales taxes for certain products and are utilized by state and local governments to encourage certain types of consumer activity. The most common sales tax holidays are applied to school supplies, children’s products, and energy-efficient products and appliances.

The Department of Revenue (DOR) indicates the sales tax holiday proposal would have an estimated $11 million fiscal impact annually.

The sales tax holiday included in the 2017-19 biennial budget will be in effect for two years, then automatically sunset. This allows the governor, legislature, and the public to determine if the tax credit was effective.

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2 thoughts on “Governor Walker Announces “Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday”

  1. Barbara says:

    Wow, $11 million in savings annually! That’s fantastic! So, each of Wisconsin’s 665,000 families with children under 18 years of age will save $16 a year! Oh. That’s it? Not so much, is it? And it’s even less when you consider that they’ll be sharing those savings with anyone else who buys a computer or clothing on those two days and enjoys the same tax break.

  2. Vincent Hanna says:

    The Tax Foundation, hardly a liberal organization, begs to differ with the governor. “Politically expedient but poor tax policy.”

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