Several US state governments will participate in the annual Back-to-School Tax Holidays that usually take place between late July or August.
Each of these states offer families a financial boost amidst an ongoing financial crisis caused by Covid-19 and inflation.
According to several studies, children may lack the desire to engage with school without having school supplies.
“For students whose families cannot afford supplies, coming to school unprepared can create social and emotional challenges, in addition to putting kids at a disadvantage for learning,” the organisation Teach for America wrote in a 2019 report.
Which states have Back-to-School tax-free weekend in 2022?
There are 14 states which have already decided to establish a Back-to-School tax-free program ahead of the school season.
In Alabama, the tax-free period has passed. State residents could buy tax-free clothing of up to $100 computers of up to $750, school supplies of up to $50 and books of up to $30 between July 15 and 17.
As for Arkansas, they offer tax-free benefits on clothing and school supplies purchases this weekend, between August 6 and 8, while the tax-free period for South Carolina is August 5-8.
“During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of purchases are exempt from the state’s 6 percent Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes,” reads the South Carolina state government’s website.
“Tax-free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers.
“As long as an item is eligible, it is tax-free whether purchased in-store or online.”
The list of the states participating in the scheme also includes Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
“The sales tax holiday benefits the consumer,” Lora Miller, director of governmental affairs and public relations for the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, told Yahoo.
“It benefits the retailer. It benefits the state. It brings people into Ohio to buy.”