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Back to School: The Secret Costs Hiding in Your Child's Backpack

Posted By Sally Platt On August 9, 2013 @ 9:09 am In Featured | Comments Disabled

It’s that time of year again, and back-to-school sales are in full swing. But before parents eagerly snap up every on-sale item, they might do well to consider this sobering fact: Almost everything they buy, from backpacks to lunchboxes to pencils, costs more because of tariffs.

In 2012 alone, the U.S. government collected $29,825,413,914 in import taxes. These hidden taxes are levied on everything from jeans to glasses to food and more. They inflate the cost of everyday goods and make August a more difficult time for American families.

Here’s a breakdown of added costs on popular back-to-school items due to import taxes:

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