Rep. Anielski Announces Sales Tax Holiday For First Weekend Of August
Clothes, other back-to-school items to be exempt from sales tax
 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced that a sales tax holiday is set to be held the first weekend of August. The intent of the sales tax holiday, as established by legislation approved earlier in the year, is to provide parents with some tax relief during back-to-school shopping in preparation for the new school year and to stimulate economic activity for Ohio’s retailers.


From Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, certain items will be exempt from state and county sales and use taxes. Clothing items up to $75 each and school supplies or instructional materials up to $20 each will be free of applicable taxes if purchased during the weekend of August 4th through 6th.  A variety of items from pencils and paper to pants and jackets fall under the bill in order for families to be able to prepare for the fall.


“Giving families the chance to get a head start on their back-to-school shopping, reducing their tax burden, and giving the state’s businesses an added boost are an excellent way to end the summer here in Ohio,” said Rep. Anielski. “I look forward to another successful back-to-school season!”


The summer of 2017 is the third consecutive year to have a back-to-school sales tax break and legislators have already approved another tax-free weekend to take place in 2018. Benefits of the first holiday, held in 2015, included an extra $4.7 million in consumption along with consumer savings to the tune of approximately $3.3 million, according to a study produced by the University of Cincinnati.


The study also found that Ohio counties that border other states experienced a 15.48-percent increase in sales tax collection, indicating that many out-of-state families traveled to Ohio to take part in the tax holiday.

 
 
 
  
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