Ill. Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 6-15

August 5, 2010 Shoppers will still be charged county and municipal sales taxes during this period. The total combined sales tax rate in Schaumburg, for example, will be 4.5 percent during the state sales tax holiday, down from 9.5 percent.

Qualifying back-to-school purchases include most clothing items priced at less than $100.

Barrettes, handbags, jewelry and cosmetics are among those clothing items that are non-qualifying.

School backpacks and lunch boxes qualify. Hiking backpacks and briefcases don't.

Most school supplies used by students in the course of study -- paper, pens, pencils, crayons, tape, chalk, binders, notebooks, glue sticks, etc. - qualify.

Art supplies don't qualify.

Calculators qualify. Computers don't.

More details on what qualifies and what doesn't:

Qualifying: Most clothing items under $100, including jeans and pants, shirts, dresses, jackets and coats, belts, etc. Bathing suits. Rain coats. School backpacks, book bags and lunch boxes. Most shoes, sandals and boots under $100, including sneakers. Many school supplies, including binders, notebook paper, pens, crayons, rulers, etc.

Not Qualifying: Umbrellas. Hair bows and barrettes; jewelry and watches; non-prescription sunglasses. Handbags, wallets and briefcases. Spiked athletic shoes. Computers and computer accessories and cell phones.

Info from Woodfield Mall

Woodfield Mall will feature some early store openings (as early as 6 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6), so they can beat the anticipated crowds and get the best deals on limited back-to-school merchandise.

Woodfield stores opening at 6 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, include Gap, GapKids, Gymboree, Ragstock, The Buckle, Charlotte Russe, Spring, Finish Line, Crocs and Sears.

Woodfield's Macy's and Lord & Taylor will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6. JCPenney will open at 9 a.m. on Aug. 6 and offer early/extended hours throughout the 10-day Sales Tax Holiday.

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