Ohio tax free holiday starts Friday

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s tax free weekend will be held Aug. 3-5.

According to the state’s tax website, the tax free weekend includes clothing priced at $75 and below, school supplies priced at $20 and below and school instructional materials priced at $20 and below.

The website said only binders, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic and manila), glue, paste and paste sticks, highlighters, index cards, index card boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper, loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board and construction paper, pencil boxes and other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors and writing tablets are considered school supplies.

Instructional materials only include reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks and workbooks.

“Clothing is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use,” the website said.

Items qualifying for the tax exemption include, but are not limited to, shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, uniforms (athletic and nonathletic), shoes and shoe laces, insoles for shoes, sneakers, sandals, boots, overshoes, slippers, steel-toed shoes, underwear, socks and stockings, hosiery, pantyhose, footlets, coats and jackets, rain wear, gloves and mittens for general use, hats and caps, ear muffs, belts and suspenders, neckties, scarves, aprons (household and shop), lab coats, athletic supporters, bathing suits and caps, beach capes and coats, costumes, baby receiving blankets, diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers, rubber pants, garters and garter belts, girdles, formal wear and wedding apparel.

The Ohio sales tax holiday occurs on the first weekend of August every year, according to officials.

Adams County Director for Economic and Community Development Holly Johnson said, while she has not studied the impact of the weekend, she does believe it has a positive impact for consumers and businesses.

“Anytime you offer a deal or cost savings, people will shop,” she said. “I know of many people who plan to buy their necessities during this weekend. You should see an increase in business for retail establishments.”

Johnson said she believes the savings on the sales tax is enough incentive for many families as the current sales tax is seven percent in Ohio.

“There are a lot of families on tight budgets,” she said. “They plan for this weekend and it saves a lot of money for them.”

More information on the tax free holiday can be found by visiting https://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx.

The tax free weekend is offered in 14 states. Kentucky is not among those, however Rep. John Sims said he would like to see the issue addressed during the next session.

“I’m not sure why Kentucky doesn’t participate in the tax-free weekend,” Sims said. “This might be something we need to look into when we go to work on the sales tax bill they passed this year.”

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Christy Howell-Hoots

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