Everything You Need to Know About Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend

It’s almost back-to-school season and the state of Ohio is giving us a break on school supplies. Ohio is offering a weekend-long sales tax holiday in August to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies. (In fact, in 2019, a bill was passed to make the Tax Holiday a permanent event the first weekend in August each year.)

Here’s everything you need to know about Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend:

This year’s Tax Free Weekend is August 4-6, beginning at 12 am on Friday, August 4 and ending at 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 6.

The tax exemption applies to clothing and footwear items that cost $75 or less and to supplies and instructional materials that cost $20 or less. Items priced higher than those limits are not eligible for the tax savings.

There are lots of items that qualify for the Tax Free Weekend:

  • Any item of clothing priced at $75 or less;
  • Any item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
  • Any item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

Multiple qualifying items can be purchased in a single tax-exempt transaction:

For example, the purchase of two shirts, two pair of pants, a pair of shoes and a jacket (each item costing $50, total purchase $300) are all tax exempt? There is no limit on the amount of the total purchase. The qualification is determined item by item.

The $75 clothing exemption only applies to items under $75.

In other words, if the selling price of an item of clothing is $80, the exemption only applies to items selling for $75 or less. If an item of clothing sells for more than $75, tax is due on the entire selling price.

Many types of items qualify as school supplies.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, “School supplies” include the following items:

“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.

Items not included in this list are taxable. “School supplies” does not include any item purchased for use in a trade or business.

Be sure to check with your favorite retailers (we LOVE Once Upon a Child!) for special sales and promotions. For example, many retailers last year offered sales on school supplies to break below the $20 price point.

Find more Sales Tax Holiday FAQ’s at ohio.gov.

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