Rep. Kelly Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping This Weekend
Says August 4-6 tax-free shopping weekend will help families save hard-earned dollars
August 02, 2017
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State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today announced Ohio’s third sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 4-6. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. This year’s sales tax holiday was created through the passage of Senate Bill 9, bipartisan companion legislation to Kelly and state Rep. John Patterson’s (D-Jefferson) House Bill 89. 

“The sales tax holiday is a great opportunity to help Ohio families as they prepare for the new school year, and for members of our communities to support local workers and local businesses,” said Kelly. “Saving money on important items like clothes and school supplies will make it easier for families to ensure that kids are well prepared for the upcoming school year, while also bringing a revenue boost to local businesses.” 

The sales tax holiday was first introduced in 2015 and, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, saved consumers over $3 million on almost $47 million worth of back-to-school purchases. Qualifying items include clothing priced at $75 or less per article and school supplies and instructional material priced at $20 or less per item. 

“A sales tax holiday is good for Ohioans, but putting long-term public policies in place to strengthen our economy is even better,” said Kelly. “I encourage my constituents to participate in the sales tax holiday, which provides an immediate opportunity for Ohioans to save their hard-earned dollars on important purchases for their family. I also pledge to continue fighting for lasting state policy changes aimed at alleviating the financial burdens facing working families – such as paid family leave, increased minimum wage, equal pay, and accountability and transparency for wealthy corporations receiving public funds.” 

Kelly has sponsored House Bill 61, legislation to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, and has been outspoken on issues that affect workers and middle class families.

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