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Sales Tax Holiday

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Ohio parents doing some back to school shopping over the weekend will be getting a break from the state’s sales tax.  Starting Friday, the 5.75% sales tax will be waived for purchases including clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies up to $20 and school instructional materials up to $20.

State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg), says a study of the first sales tax waiver in 2015 shows the holiday “generated an extra $4.7 million.” He also says Ohio consumers saved about $3.3 million dollars on those purchases.

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Ohio is the only Midwestern state that’s had a sales tax holiday for the last three years. And now the Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would guarantee it would be an annual event.

The sales tax holiday for school items up to $20 and clothing up to $75 has been scheduled in early August since 2015. Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-Columbus) sponsored the permanent holiday, so lawmakers don’t have to keep passing bills to create it.