WI Lawmakers Propose Tax Holidays

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 --- 9:19PM

Cash-strapped parents, listen up!

A new Wisconsin bill would give parents a tax break on back-to-school shopping.

"It certainly might be a nice small help for families that are struggling" says Dan Mayer, a teacher at Milton High School.

Mayer's seen firsthand the rise in classroom costs.

"Gone are the days when you can take 20 dollars and get all your school supplies" says Mayer.

With more of an emphasis these days on technology, back-to-school shopping can be a burden, which is why some state lawmakers are pushing to give parents a break

"Right now inflation's eating a hole in everyone's pocket" says State Representative Chad Weininger, who is proposing a bill creating create two, two-day tax holidays. One would be in August and apply to school supplies.

"I think it'll help working families with some needed tax relief" Weininger tells NBC 15.

And it's not just school supplies. If you're looking to go green, you'd benefit as well.

The second tax holiday would be in November. This time, it would apply to people buying energy-efficient appliances.

"This will help weatherize their home" says Weininger.

Qualifying purchases under the bill would be exempt from the state's 5-percent sales tax along with any local taxes.

The bill is currently being discussed at the Wisconsin Statehouse.

The Department of Revenue estimates that, if the bill passes, the state would lose about $15 million in sales taxes.

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