Statewide sales tax holiday set for Aug. 7 weekend

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 2, 2015

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s first-ever, one-time sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, Aug. 7 at 12:01 a.m. and will end on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:59 p.m.

This initiative was created through Senate Bill 243, signed into law in December of 2014.

“The cost of back-to-school shopping will be reduced thanks to the relief of sales tax from Aug. 7 through Aug. 9,” said Rep. Ryan Smith, R-93. “The upcoming sales tax holiday will keep more money in the pockets of Ohio’s families and will strengthen Ohio’s retailers.”

The sales tax holiday will be especially beneficial for back-to-school shopping, as the tax exempt items are as follows:

• Clothing priced at $75 or less

• School supplies priced at $20 or less

• School instructional material priced at $20 or less

These price limits apply on a per-item basis, and Ohioans can purchase as many items as they need. Items with a price higher than these limits will be taxed at the standard rate.

Additional information on the sales tax holiday is available through the Ohio Department of Taxation at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.asp