All families can enjoy savings with the sales tax holiday this weekend. Ohio consumers are exempt from paying state and local sales tax on clothing, footwear, school supplies and more.
The holiday starts on Friday, August 4 and ends on Sunday, August 6 at 11:59 p.m. Retailers must participate in the program, including ones that sell online goods to Ohio residents.
What is eligible?
Clothing, priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less, or school instruction material priced at $20 per item or less qualifies for the tax exemption.
What school supplies can I get?
According to the Ohio Department of Taxation website, the school supplies include “binders; book bags; calculators; cellophane tape; blackboard chalk; compasses; composition books; crayons; erasers; folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila); glue, paste, and paste sticks; highlighters; index cards; index card boxes; legal pads; lunch boxes; markers; notebooks; paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper; pencil boxes and other school supply boxes; pencil sharpeners; pencils; pens; protractors; rulers; scissors; and writing tablets.”
Items used for trade or business would not qualify for the tax exemption.
What clothing qualifies for the tax savings?
Any type of clothing from shoes, blouses, pants, shirts, dresses, uniforms, including, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation website, shoe laces; insoles for shoes; sneakers; sandals; boots; overshoes; slippers; steel-toed shoes; underwear; socks and stockings; hosiery; pantyhose; footlets; coats and jackets; rainwear; gloves and mittens for general use; hats and caps; ear muffs; belts and suspenders; neckties; scarves; aprons (household and shop); lab coats; athletic supporters; coats and more.
However, hair accessories, cosmetics, sports equipment, such as ballet or spiked shoes, cleats, or sewing supplies do not qualify for the sales tax holiday.
What if I don’t have a child in school? Can I still save on items that qualify?
Yes, everyone can.
Don’t forget the Diapers!
The holiday also includes baby items that can be purchased, such as receiving blankets and disposable diapers.
How does the store’s layaway policy fit with the tax holiday?
If you are looking for layaway services, it states, “qualifying items placed on or picked up from layaway during the sales tax holiday are exempt from sales tax. Also, for online orders, if an item is backordered and payment does not occur until a later shipment, the item would not qualify for the exemption.
Need more info? Here are some questions answered regarding the sales tax holiday from the Ohio Department of Taxation.