Cera Applauds House Passage Of "back-to-school" Sales Tax Holiday
Lawmakers seek to help Ohio families save hard-earned dollars
June 01, 2017
 
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the recent passage of Senate Bill (SB) 9, bipartisan legislation to establish a three-day sales tax “holiday” during the weekend of August 4-6, 2017 for “back-to-school” clothing and school supplies. This will be the third consecutive year that Ohio institutes such a tax holiday if the measure is signed by Gov. John Kasich. 


“The Ohio sales tax holiday helps provide a small savings during the back-to-school shopping season, and I know working families trying to makes ends meet need every financial break they can get,” said Cera, a co-sponsor of the bill. “Additionally, our state border communities usually see an increase in traffic during these sales tax holiday weekends. I hope the tax holiday on school supplies will create a domino effect that extends to other local businesses, such as restaurants and gas stations, when it comes to reaping the benefits of this tax-free event.” 


For three days, shoppers in Ohio will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year. Under the lawmakers’ proposal, qualifying products include items of clothing that are $75 or less, school supplies that are $20 or less, and school instructional materials that are $20 or less. 


Ohio families saved $3.3 million during the state’s first temporary sales tax holiday in August 2015, while generating $4.7 million in sales tax revenue. 


Senate Bill 9 passed the Ohio House with bipartisan support and now heads to the governor for his signature. 

 
 
 
  
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