Michigan doesn’t have a back-to-school tax holiday like Ohio, Illinois

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For the select few who can easily travel south of the Ohio border, back-to-school shopping is a full-price affair for Michigan shoppers.

Many states offer tax-free weekends or tax holidays at this time of year to help parents and students pay for needed school items and take a break from some everyday items. But that’s not the case in Michigan.

According to the National Retail Federation, families with school-aged children can spend nearly $900 on average on school supplies, but shoppers in neighboring states such as Ohio, Illinois and Missouri spend significantly less.

Although each state has different stipulations on what is tax-exempt during its designated tax holiday, Michigan shoppers could save 5% state sales tax on qualifying items under $125 if the state was adopting Illinois’ tax holiday approach, according to US News. Lincoln Country’s tax holiday ends Sunday.

Ohio’s tax exemption ended Aug. 7, but shoppers were able to take the tax-free on clothing $75 or less and school supplies and educational materials under $20.

In fact, Michigan was historically one of the first states to offer a tax holiday in 1980 – the basis for this was auto sales, but it was short-lived.

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