The back-to-school shopping season is a hectic time for families and one that may leave you with a little less cash in your pockets. I am pleased to announce that the Ohio Senate has once again renewed the state's Sales Tax Holiday to help Ohio families save on expenses as they take part in back-to-school shopping this August.

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.

This past week, my colleagues and I approved Senate Bill 264, which would establish a three-day shopping holiday at the beginning of August when certain retail items will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes.

All shoes and clothing priced less than $75 will be exempt from the sales tax during this time period. Also, school supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less will be exempt from the sales tax.

It is our hope that the timing of the Sales Tax Holiday will be helpful for parents, families and educators. As many Ohioans develop shopping budgets and search for the best deals, this temporary relief from sales taxes should be delightful news.

We want all our students to have what they need to be successful and to reach their fullest potential. I believe that this effort supports this goal and is a step in the right direction.

I was proud to support this bill, sponsored by my colleague Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), to help families keep more of their hard earned money, allowing them to invest more toward their children’s back-to-school priorities.

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