Rep. Sykes Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping This Weekend
August 7-9 back-to-school sales tax holiday temporarily halts impact of state sales tax increases
 
 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced Ohio’s first-ever sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 7-9. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. Not only will the temporary holiday help offset Ohio’s 4.5 percent sales tax increase enacted by the 2013 state budget, but for three days shoppers will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year.


“This weekend's sales tax holiday is a great opportunity for families to save some money and to catch a much-needed break,” said Rep. Sykes. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of it, whether you are preparing yourself or a child for school or just doing some shopping. Hopefully this sales tax holiday will make it easier for families to ensure that kids are well prepared for the upcoming school year, and will also bring a revenue boost to local businesses.”


Clothing priced at $75 or less per article, school supplies priced at $20 or less per item and school instructional material priced at $20 or less per item will all be exempt from Ohio’s sales and use tax this weekend.


The sales tax holiday is a pilot venture created by the Ohio General Assembly, who will monitor the tax moratorium’s impact on retail businesses and local government revenues to determine the viability of future sales tax holidays in Ohio.

 
 
 
  
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