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Clothing, back-to-school supplies to be sales tax free Aug. 7-9

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s first ever state sales tax holiday can save buyers seven percent on clothing and back-to-school pur chases Aug. 7 – 9.

Ohio Council of Retail Merchants President and CEO Gordon Gough expects families and students will take full advantage of the first ever Ohio Tax Holiday and stock up on back-to-school items. “Taking an additional seven percent off one notebook might not seem like much, but when you’re spending hundreds of dollars on everything from diapers and shoes to books and school supplies, the savings add up big,” said Gough. “Nationwide, consumers are expected to spend more than $68 billion for back to school items. This is a significant annual event for Ohio families.”

Legislation passed last year exempts Ohio consumers from paying sales tax this August 7-9 on all clothing and footwear up to $75 per item as well as school supplies and instructional materials up to $20 per item. For more info about all of the exempted items, click here.

“These tax holidays have triggered “Black Friday”-style crowds in other states,” added Gough. “Consumers love to save money and we expect Ohioans to really enjoy this tax break in August.”

There is no limit on the amount of the total purchase. The qualification is determined item by item.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

• An item of clothing priced at $75 or less.

“Clothing” is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use. “Clothing” includes, but is not limited to, shirts; blouses; sweaters; pants; shorts; skirts; dresses; uniforms (athletic and nonathletic); shoes and shoe laces; insoles for shoes; sneakers; sandals; boots; overshoes; slippers; steel-toed shoes; underwear; socks and stockings; hosiery; pantyhose; footlets; coats and jackets; rainwear; gloves and mittens for general use; hats and caps; ear muffs; belts and suspenders; neckties; scarves; aprons (household and shop); lab coats; athletic supporters; bathing suits and caps; beach capes and coats; costumes; baby receiving blankets; diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers; rubber pants; garters and garter belts; girdles; formal wear; and wedding apparel.

• Items of school supplies and school instructional materials priced individually at $20 or less.

“School supplies” include only the following items: binders; book bags; calculators; cellophane tape; blackboard chalk; compasses; composition books; crayons; erasers; folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila); glue, paste, and paste sticks; highlighters; index cards; index card boxes; legal pads; lunch boxes; markers; notebooks; paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper; pencil boxes and other school supply boxes; pencil sharpeners; pencils; pens; protractors; rulers; scissors; and writing tablets.

“School instructional material” includes only the following items: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.

There are no limits on the number of items that can be purchased sales-tax free provided they don’t exceed the individual cost limits and meet the clothing, school supplies or school instructional material definitions.

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