Wisconsin's five-day sales tax holiday begins Wednesday

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It's Back to School season on the First Coast and parents will have the opportunity to save on school supplies this weekend.

Until midnight Sunday, many items of apparel, along with school supplies, computers and related equipment, can be purchased without paying the state and local sales tax.

The other two holidays that will be discontinued from the state sales tax exemptions are are the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Sept. 7-9 and the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday on the last weekend of May. During those three days, shoppers will not have to pay sales taxes on clothes costing less than $75 per item and school supplies costing $20 per item.

Back-to-school shopping doesn't have to put the squeeze on mom and dad's budget - if they shop during the sales tax holiday.

The foundation says that studies by the Federal Reserve show the holidays do not promote economic growth or significantly increase consumer purchases; they just prompt shoppers to buy at a different time.

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On the list this year are school uniforms, dresses, pants, shirts, sneakers and leather shoes. Online purchases of qualifying items are also tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday.

But lawmakers could seek to reinstate the sales tax holidays before then beginning in next year's Regular Session.

Back in January, Walker stopped at the La Crosse Airport, holding a Spider-Man backpack touting the sales tax holiday, along with the recently completed $100 per child tax credit - which pundits also called an election gimmick.

School instructional materials are defined by the state tax department as, "reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks and workbooks". For clothing, the price of the item must be $75 or under. Retailers are not required to participate in New Mexico's tax-free holiday, so it's wise to check in advance for participating stores.

The August tax holiday, enacted in 2005, costs the state about $3.3 million, according to August 2017 data from the Taxation and Revenue Department. So it definitely can help them save a little bit of money.

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