State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced Ohio’s first ever sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 7-9. The tax-free holiday begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and covers many back to school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.

“Back to school shopping can add up quickly,” Rep. Cera said. “A sales tax holiday puts hard-earned money back into a family’s pocket at a time when they really need it.”

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

State lawmakers see the tax holiday as having an impact on local businesses, especially those in border communities like Jefferson, Belmont, and Monroe Counties, who will see an increase in business due to out of state shoppers crossing into Ohio to save on purchases. Border communities in other states participating in similar projects have reported positive feedback on such ventures.

“We will be monitoring this program’s effectiveness, particularly its impact on local government funding as well as its impact on local businesses,” added Cera.

The sales tax holiday is a pilot venture created by the Ohio General Assembly, who will use data from this weekend to determine the viability of continued sales tax holidays in the future.

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