McConchie Passes Bill to Exempt School Lunches from Sales Tax

From State Senator Dan McChonchie:

McConchie bill exempts all school lunches from sales tax

Students and families to save under common sense legislation

Springfield, IL… A bill that would exempt all public schools and their students from paying sales tax on school lunches passed the Illinois Senate last week.

Dan McConchie

State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) carried Senate Bill 1755 in an effort to put all schools on equal footing regardless of who provides school meals to students.

Under current law, sales tax is only exempt if the school itself provides meals to the students, however, if a school has outside businesses to provide food directly to students, those sales are subject to sales tax.

A parent from the Oak Grove School District, which brings in outside businesses to provide meals, brought the concern to Sen. McConchie’s attention.

After researching the topic with other school districts in District 26, he soon discovered several other schools do not have the facilities to serve cooked breakfast and lunch—forcing students to pay a higher cost in order to eat.

“Students should not be on the hook to pay sales tax solely because they go to a school that does not have the ability to provide meals,” said Sen. McConchie.

“This isn’t fair, whatsoever. The right thing to do is exempt all school lunch sales from sales tax regardless of who provides the meals.”

Senate Bill 1755 now moves to the Illinois House for further consideration.


McConchie Passes Bill to Exempt School Lunches from Sales Tax — 8 Comments

  1. I don’t remember any food prepared in-house in high school being that great.

  2. I applaud Senator Dan McConchie for seeing this for what it is, ridiculous.

  3. …We tax school school lunch? wtf?

    So, we pay for something, then we pay for it again….?


    Imagine being the retard defending the status quo, as the world is crumbling.

  4. I get taxing restaurants, etc., but ALL unprepared food should not be taxed.

  5. School breakfasts and lunches free to students in some schools and/or districts. Students need nourishment in order to learn and parent or parents apparently don’t provide these on school days. Unknown if these parents feed their children on weekends, holidays and summer and other breaks.

  6. First Church in Crystal Lake, a Methodist congregation, prepars back packs filled with food that Coventry School’s social workers give to families in need.

    Other schools are seeking similar assistance from other churches.

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