COLUMBUS - State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) today introduced legislation to make permanent Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, which provides a three-day sales and use tax exemption for customers purchasing certain retail items during the first weekend in August. 

"Our primary goal is to provide relief for Ohio families as they prepare their kids for the new school year," said Senator Bacon. "The opportunity to save on essential clothing and school items reduces the financial strain on consumers and boosts sales for local businesses." 

For the last three years, the widely advertised tax-free shopping period was praised by both back-to-school shoppers and retailers. Senator Bacon's latest proposal would require all online and in-store vendors to waive the collection of local and state sales taxes on designated items during the first weekend in August. 

“Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday proved to be a win-win for parents, students and businesses alike. It’s important that we permanently extend this savings event to ensure families benefit for years to come."

Savings would apply to items of clothing priced at $75 or less, commonly used school supplies—crayons, book bags, pencils, etc.—priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials like textbooks and workbooks priced at $20 or less. The price limits apply per item, so consumers can buy as many tax-exempt items under the price limit as they wish, either online or in stores.

Ohio was one of 17 states to host a sales tax holiday last year. The average family with school-age children planned to spend an estimated $673 on back-to-school supplies and clothing in 2016, or $470 without factoring in the cost of computers and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation.

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
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