Back-to-school shopping can be tough on families as you try to stretch every dollar as far as it can go. Clothing, books, pens, notepads … it all starts to add up. In the Ohio Senate, we know that Ohio’s families could use some help, and we are committed to easing the burdens that government adds to the mix. That is why, for the last several years, the General Assembly passed the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday to assist parents during the back-to-school shopping season.
Ohio’s first Sales Tax Holiday in 2015 was a pilot project to see how Ohio would respond to the tax-free weekend. It was a success as Ohioans saved millions of dollars and retailers saw a significant boost in sales. This year we passed legislation that I co-sponsored making the Sales Tax Holiday permanent, guaranteeing tax relief for families every August.
Beginning this Friday, August 3rd and running through Sunday, August 5th, families can take advantage of this unique tax-free weekend when purchasing select items. But the benefits don’t stop there – over the past several years retailers have offered additional discounts to coincide with the tax holiday weekend. Both shoppers and retailers can once again benefit from this savings opportunity.
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. Even online vendors will be more affordable, as they will waive local and state sales taxes on designated items during the three-day tax holiday.
Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled to provide optimal savings for parents, families and educators at a time when families must stretch their dollars. This temporary relief from the sales tax is meant to ease the burden for families and ensure that students have the items necessary to succeed in the classroom.
Ohioans saved millions of dollars on back-to-school items during the prior Sales Tax Holidays, and stores saw significant boosts in statewide retail sales. Counties located along state lines fared even better.
This is a win-win for families, businesses and most importantly, students. I was proud to support this initiative and help our families keep more of their hard-earned money each year at the beginning of the school year.
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 http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx
. And as always, if you have any questions about the Sales Tax Holiday or any other issue, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me at Hoagland@OhioSenate.gov or by calling my office at (614) 466-6508.