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Michigan House Considers Sales Tax Holiday for October 2015


 Certain school supplies would be exempt during the proposed Michigan sales tax holiday.

A sales tax holiday for clothing and school supplies is under consideration in the Michigan House. If approved as written, the tax-free period would run twice annually, on the third Saturday of August and the third Saturday of October.

House Bill 4865 is on an ambitious timeline. Introduced on September 16, 2015, it seeks to hold the first sales tax holiday on October 17, 2015.

The measure would exempt from sales tax the following items:

  • Clothing costing $75.00 or less
  • School supplies costing $15.00 or less

The following items would not be exempt:

  • Clothing accessories or equipment
  • Protective, sport or recreational equipment
  • Any item sold for use in a trade or business
  • Furniture

To date, there have been more than two-dozen sales tax holidays in 2015. Retailers should have a system in place to account for them. Learn how automated sales tax software (SaaS) works.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.