N.J. sales tax holiday on back-to-school supplies begins today. Here’s everything you need to know.

James G. Cole

Back-to-school supplies will be tax free in New Jersey for the next 10 days under a statewide sales tax holiday that kicked off Saturday.

From now through Sept. 5, New Jersey will waive its 6.625% sales tax on a range of back-to-school items, including supplies and computers, as well as sport and recreational equipment.

Anyone shopping in the Garden State — not just students or residents — can take advantage of the holiday and the waivers apply to both online and in-store purchases. But the sales tax will only be waived on items sold to an individual for non-business use, and some items must fall below a certain sales price to be included.

The one-time initiative is expected to cost the state about $75 million in lost tax revenue, and the average family can expect to save around $25 to $50 on a typical back-to-school shopping trip, according to estimates cited by state lawmakers.

You can find a list of included categories below, along with any sales price limits, and the New Jersey Department of Treasury has created an information page on its Division of Taxation website.

Here is an overview of the items you can purchase tax free, with a brief description from the state and any additional requirements

  • Certain Computers: The tax will only be waived on computers with a sales price less than $3,000. Computers with a price tag of $3,000 or more remain subject to sales tax during the holiday.
  • School Art Supplies: Tax waivers apply to “items commonly used by a student in a course of study for artwork.” This includes common art supplies like paints, watercolors and sketch pads that can be used in or out of school.
  • School Computer Supplies: Tax waivers apply to “items commonly used by a student in a course of study in which a computer is used.” The tax will only be waived on computer supplies with a sales price less than $1,000. This category includes printers, printer supplies and storage media, among other items.
  • School Instructional Materials: Tax waivers apply to “written materials commonly used by a student in a course of study as a reference to learn the subject being taught.” This category includes textbooks, globes and reference materials, among others.
  • School Supplies: Tax waivers apply to “items commonly used by a student in a course of study.” This category includes a long list of basic school necessities like notebooks, writing utensils, crayons and erasers, as well as book bags, calculators and cellophane tape, to name a few.
  • Sport or Recreational Equipment: Tax waivers apply to “items designed for human use and worn in conjunction with an athletic or recreational activity that are not suitable for general use.” This category includes the gear needed for school sports, as well as a wide range of recreational items like skates, ski boots, wetsuits and waders, among many others.

You can find more information on the Division of Taxation website, including a list of frequently asked questions and additional items in each category.

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