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Leland: Back-to-school sales tax holiday starts this weekend

Permanent tax-free holiday to help lessen last sales tax hike
August 1, 2018
David Leland News

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. This bill helps lessen the sting of the statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget that cost taxpayers almost $2 billion.

“This tax holiday helps working families find necessary school items at a lower cost,” said Leland. “Most of the tax cuts enacted by this Republican legislature favor the wealthy— here is one tax cut that benefits everybody”

The sales tax holiday was first introduced in 2015 and, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, saved consumers over $3 million on almost $47 million worth of back-to-school purchases.

SB 226, which passed earlier this year, declares the annual tax-free weekend for back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials a permanent holiday and will recur each year during the first weekend in August.

Qualifying items include clothing priced at $75 or less per article and school supplies and instructional material priced at $20 or less per item.