COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) is encouraging Ohio families to take advantage of this weekend's sales tax holiday, beginning Friday, August 2 and running until Sunday, August 4. Ohioans are expected to save millions of dollars on back-to-school items during the three day holiday.
"Back-to-school shopping season is a familiar, and sometimes financially burdensome, time of year for many families in our community," said Peterson. "As a result of a tax relief effort championed by the Ohio Senate over the past few years, many working families in our state are now more empowered to send their children to school on their first day with all the materials required to learn."
The average family with school-age children planned to spend an estimated $673 on back-to-school supplies and clothing in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.
All shoes and clothing priced less than $75 will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes during this period. School supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less will also be tax exempt. Additionally, online vendors will be more affordable, as they will waive local and state sales taxes on designated items.
Last General Assembly, Peterson co-sponsored Senate Bill 226 to make the sales tax holiday a recurring event every year on the first weekend of August.
For more information about Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, including specifics on which items qualify for savings, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation's website at https://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx.