August 5, 2015

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Reminder: Ohio's Back to School Tax Free Holiday is coming! (August 7th- 9th)

Ohio is offering its first-ever sales tax holiday in August to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies.

The holiday is Aug. 7-9 and applies to clothing and footwear items, supplies and instructional materials.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and 
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.   

School supplies include only the following items: 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.

 School instructional material includes only the following items: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.

Clothing is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use. “Clothing” includes, but is 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; rainwear; 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.