It is hard to believe that we are more than half way through 2015. Several important holidays have already passed, but there’s one more holiday going on now that should be on your calendar: Ohio’s first-ever Sales Tax Holiday, which runs until midnight on Sunday, August 9. Ohio’s new holiday will help save families more money while allowing them to invest in their highest priority—their children. 

Back-to-school shoppers will not pay the usual 5.75 percent state sales tax or local sales tax on clothing and footwear less than $75 per item and school supplies and materials less than $20 per item. If a consumer is inadvertently charged sales tax on exempt items, the retailer is responsible for providing a refund of the tax from the seller. 

In 2013, I joined my colleagues to support legislation introduced by State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Columbus), intended to help families save money on back-to-school expenses. The legislation equips consumers with greater buying power, increases sales and benefits our economy as a whole. 

The Sales Tax Holiday is not expected to result in lost revenue for state and local governments. Shoppers are expected to buy more non-exempt products during the three-day tax holiday and purchases from out-of-state shoppers are expected to rise as residents of neighboring states take advantage of offers from Ohio retailers. 

Many retailers plan to offer additional price reductions to allow customers to take advantage of the savings. For example, an $80 pair of shoes with a 10 percent off coupon is $72 and is below the $75 threshold required to take advantage of the tax exemption. It’s worth noting that “buy one, get one free” deals totaling more than $75 on the original item will not qualify since the item price is above the threshold. 

Online retailers that sell goods to Ohio residents will not charge sales tax on qualified items during the three-day period. 
Unlike holiday shopping in December, this special holiday will allow Ohioans to keep more of their hard-earned money and help to equip students for success in the classroom. 

A list of eligible items is available online at

A video featuring Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday is available at

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