Ohio tax holiday for school items Aug. 7-9


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A state law enacted last year will allow Ohioans to shop for back to school items and supplies without state sales tax in August.

The state sales tax holiday is Aug. 7-9, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Items that qualify for no state sales tax during that period in the state include clothing items $75 or less; school supplies costing $20 or less; school instructional material items costing $20 or less. Items used in a trade or business do not qualify for the tax holiday.

An estimated 1.1 million children in Ohio’s K-12 education system, and over 500,000 students enrolled in colleges, and more than one in seven Ohioans and their families are estimated to be able to benefit from the state tax holiday, according to an Ohio Council of Retail Merchants press release.

“Taking an additional 7 percent off one notebook might not seem like much, but when you are spending hundreds of dollars on everything from diapers and shoes to books and school supplies, the savings add up big,” said Gordon Gough, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants president. “Nationwide, consumers are expected to spend more than $68 billion for back to school items. This is a significant annual event for Ohio families.”

More detail on what items are eligible for the state sales tax holiday can be found at www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx.

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Submitted by the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.

Submitted by the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.