Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Provides Relief On Back-to-School Shopping
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

The back-to-school shopping season can be a hectic time for families and one that may leave you with a little less cash in your pockets. As back-to-school shopping quickly approaches, I am pleased to remind Ohio families that we have once again renewed the state's Sales Tax Holiday to assist parents as they prepare their children for another school year.

Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday will begin Friday, August 5th and runs through Sunday, August 7th. Consumers and vendors will both benefit from this tax break, accompanied by unique deals on essential items and increased sales.

All shoes and clothing priced less than $75 will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes during this time period as well as school supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less. The legislation also requires all online vendors to waive the collection of local and state sales taxes on designated items during the three-day tax holiday to increase access and ease for all Ohioans.

The timing of the Sales Tax Holiday is uniquely scheduled to provide the most support for parents, families and educators in what we all know can be a costly time of year. As many Ohioans develop shopping budgets and search for the best deals, this temporary relief from sales taxes eases the burden on families and helps students to reach their full potential.

Ohioans saved approximately $3.3 million on back-to-school items last year during the three-day period and statewide retail sales increased by 6.48 percent during August 2015. Counties along state lines, on average, experienced nearly 11 percent higher increases in county sales tax collections in August compared to the state average.

This is a win-win for families, businesses and most importantly, students. I was proud to support this initiative that has been championed by my colleague Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) to help families keep more of their hard earned money.

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