The end of the summer can be a challenging time for families, as parents prepare their children to return to the classroom. This year, I am pleased to remind families that the General Assembly has renewed the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday to assist parents during the back-to-school shopping season. 
 
Last year was the first year for the Sales Tax Holiday – a pilot project to see how Ohio would respond to the tax-free weekend. That was a success, as Ohioans saved millions of dollars and retailers saw a significant boost in sales.

This year, I co-sponsored Senate Bill 264 to renew the Sales Tax Holiday for 2016. Beginning Friday, August 5th and running through Sunday, August 7th, families can take advantage of this unique tax-free weekend when purchasing select items, often combined with additional discounts. 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 taxes is meant to ease the burden for families and ensure that students have the items necessary to succeed in the classroom.
 
Ohioans saved approximately $3.3 million on back-to-school items during the three-day period last year, resulting in a boost in statewide retail sales of more than 6 percent in August 2015. 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, which will help families keep more of their hard earned money.
 
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 atwww.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/salestaxholiday/holiday.

 
 
 
  
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