UPDATE! School Supplies Sales Tax Exemption

Posted by Lamar Weir on 8/19/2022 12:00:00 PM

Happy Friday DPSCD Supporters! 


The District is just ten days away from the first day of school on August 29! Although the state legislature is still on summer recess, we are still working hard to engage the community and provide updates. This week’s legislative update features Governor Whitmer’s recent education proposal. 


As summer vacation is ending for many, families and educators are flooding all the stores to obtain school supplies, hoping to catch sales and discounts. The cost of school supplies can increase, especially if you have a family of multiple students or are an educator getting supplies for multiple classes. Governor Whitmer recently proposed suspending the sales tax on school supplies as a part of her MI Back to School Plan. This is aimed to help families save money, help educators save on classroom expenses, and ensure that more students have access to educational resources. 


Even with the recent passing of the increased education budget, there is still a wage gap between educators and other professions with similar education and skills. Knowing this, the IRS has allowed educators to deduct up to $250 of out-of-pocket classroom supplies since 2002 and will potentially rise in $50 increments based on inflation adjustments in future years. The Governor’s proposal for Michigan is similar to Florida’s sales tax holiday in which certain school supplies, learning resources, and clothing were tax exempt from July 25 until August 7. The proposed school supplies tax suspension would save $54 per child, if passed. 


Nationwide, education funding has been a major issue and concern for schools and educators. Although this will not completely solve the education funding inequities, it is a step in the right direction. The District is committed to ensuring it provides students receive a high-quality education. Community and grassroots advocacy must continue because our students deserve equitable funding.  


To conclude, the District continues to monitor legislative updates and looks forward to collaborating with the community. Text DPSCDVOTES to 22999 to stay up-to-date with news and events within the District