Rep. Schaffer Announces Sales Tax Holiday For First Weekend Of August
Clothes, other back-to-school items to be exempt from sales tax
July 31, 2017
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State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that a sales tax holiday is set to be held the first weekend of August. The intent of the sales tax holiday, established by Senate Bill 9 approved earlier this 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, the following 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. This includes a variety of items, from pencils and paper to jeans and jackets to prepare for the fall.

Rep. Schaffer worked closely with the legislation’s sponsor, Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), each of the last two years as well as this year to ensure passage of the legislation. As Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, he worked to guide the bill though the legislative process in the House of Representatives.

The first time the sales tax holiday occurred in 2015 an extra $4.7 million in consumption was generated, along with saving consumers 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 percent increase in sales tax collection, leading to the conclusion that many out-of-state families traveled to Ohio to take part in the tax holiday.

It is the goal of the state legislature that this year’s sales tax holiday will produce similar results, ultimately saving Ohioans more money during their back-to-school shopping.

“The sales tax holiday is a great way to help families stretch their resources as we head back into the school year,” Rep. Schaffer said. “On top of that, our local businesses are going to see increased activity with tremendous economic impact. As we have seen in recent years with this wonderful program, it is really a win-win for everybody. I am proud to support the sales tax holiday for Fairfield County families to enjoy.”

This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday is the third consecutive one in Ohio, and legislators have already approved the tax-free weekend to take place again in 2018. 

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