New Jersey Announces Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Republicans Call Move 'Another Gimmick'

The tax-exempt items include:

  • School supplies
  • School art supplies
  • School instructional materials
  • Computers
  • School computer supplies
  • Bicycle helmets

“A back-to-school tax holiday has been talked about for a long time, and as inflation is a central worry around many of our residents’ kitchen tables, now is the time to do it," Murphy said. "This program will cut the cost for the most essential items needed for educational success and help make New Jersey more affordable for our students and families."

Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio (R - District 23) responded, calling for permanent tax cuts.

“Another underwhelming gimmick when people need real relief,” DiMaio said in a news release. “How tone-deaf are they? When you can’t afford living in New Jersey, this short holiday on notebooks and pencils is meaningless.”

DiMaio referenced a report from statista.com that says consumers expect to pay about $434 on school supplies and electronics. DiMaio says during the sales tax holiday, New Jerseyans would save approximately $28.75 on their back-to-school shopping.

“It’s a shame that they don’t make a true commitment to provide long-term tax cuts like Republicans have," DiMaio said. "This is a red herring to make people think they aren’t being overtaxed when they are and continue to be with Democrats in charge."

New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) President Michele Siekerka says the tax-free holiday will help, but it doesn't do enough for businesses.

"We can appreciate the intent to save teachers and parents some money, and we'll wait to see the full details of the bill. But ultimately, this appears to be another program dubbed as 'tax relief' which fails to address tax reform," Siekerka said. "That is what is needed for true, sustainable relief to New Jersey taxpayers. Those taxpayers include our New Jersey businesses, which were left out as they were with the ANCHOR property tax relief program, despite paying nearly half the property taxes in the state. We don't see how this one-shot deal is deemed a 'monumental' step." 

“This tax holiday for school products may not make kids look forward to school more, but it certainly will make parents happier when shopping for the goods they need to get their children in advance of the new school year,” Scutari said.

“Under Governor Murphy the only permanent change in taxes have been tax hikes,” DiMaio said. “Let’s not forget that.”

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