Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 7-9 for Back to School Shopping

Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 7-9 for Back to School Shopping

Parents can save money on clothing, footwear and back-to-school items during Ohio’s first-ever Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 7-9.

State Senator Kevin Bacon introduced the legislation in November 2013 and Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law in December 2014.  The law exempts all purchases of clothing and footwear under $75 per item and all school materials such as pens, pencils, scissors and paper, plus instructional materials such as books, workbooks and study guides, up to $20 per item.

It covers all retailers, both online and brick and mortar, that sell these goods to Ohio residents.

For all eligible items, see http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/salestaxholiday/holidayfaq.aspx.

“There’s a considerable list of items exempt from sales tax,” said Gordon Gough, President/CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, a trade association for the retail industry. “Eligible items include everything from shirts and shoes to lab coats, belts and socks to disposable diapers.”

Eligible items are tax free in Ohio retail stores to anyone purchasing them, however, online sales are only tax free to purchasers residing in Ohio.

“This sales tax holiday benefits all Ohioans,” Gough says, “but it has a special appeal to families getting ready to go back to school. This is truly a tax break that every Ohio consumer can enjoy.”

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