Upcoming Sales Tax Holiday Aims To Help Back-to-School Shoppers
Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

As the summer winds down and preparations for the next school year begin, I am pleased to provide a friendly reminder about a little-known holiday to save families on expenses associated with the back-to-school season. Ohio’s one-time sales tax holiday starts Friday, August 7 and runs through Sunday, August 9. Consumers and vendors will both benefit from this tax break on essential items.

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.

August is a hectic time of year and your shopping list is likely full of the necessities. It is our hope that the timing of this sales tax holiday will be helpful for parents, families and educators. As you are building your shopping budget and searching for all the best deals, this added measure of a freedom from the sales tax is sure to provide some financial relief. 

We want all our students to have what they need to be successful and reach their fullest potential. This sales tax holiday supports this goal and is a step in the right direction.  

I was proud to support and co-sponsor a bill to create the sales tax holiday when it passed in 2013. Senate Bill 243, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva), helps Ohio families keep more of their hard earned money and invest in the children’s back-to-school priorities. For a complete list of eligible items, you can visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website atwww.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/salestaxholiday/holidayfaq.aspx.

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