LANSING, Mich., Aug. 17, 2022 —  Gov. Gretchen Witmer announced a tax holiday in line with her MI Back to School Plan. A tax holiday is a suspension of certain taxes for a particular period of time. Last year, state Reps. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights) and Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth) introduced a similar tax holiday bill. Nineteen other states implemented temporary tax holidays to diminish the extra burden on parents and students. Michigan will implement its own tax holiday on back-to-school supplies. Tax-exempt student items include clothing, school supplies — such as notebooks, pencils, binders, calculators and lunchboxes — personal computers, and personal computer accessories. After the announcement, Koleszar made the following statement: 

“As a teacher-turned-legislator, I know just how important it is to have the supplies necessary to maintain an engaging and functional classroom. The financial burden shouldn’t always fall on the teacher or the students. This is why this tax holiday is beneficial — those heading back to school will gain an opportunity to diminish some of the financial burden from these supplies. Families, students and classrooms will all benefit from this new plan, and I’m glad to have the governor’s support.”