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Slesnick encourages Ohio families to take advantage of tax-free shopping this weekend

August 7-9 back-to-school sales tax holiday temporarily halts impact of state sales tax increases
August 5, 2015
Democratic Newsroom

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State Rep. Stephen Slesnick (D-Canton) today announced Ohio’s first-ever sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 7-9. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. Not only will the temporary holiday help offset Ohio’s 4.5 percent sales tax increase enacted by the 2013 state budget, but for three days shoppers will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year.

“Back to school shopping can be financially burdensome for many families in Stark County. My hope is that with this tax-free weekend we can ease the hardship for many Ohioans and better prepare our students for the upcoming school year,” said Rep. Slesnick.

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

The sales tax holiday is a pilot venture created by the Ohio General Assembly, who will monitor the tax moratorium’s impact on retail businesses and local government revenues to determine the viability of future sales tax holidays in Ohio.