State offers tax free weekend

By Nikki Blankenship-Hamilton - [email protected]

Back-to-school can be a heavy burden on parents as they scramble to make sure their children are not only dressed to impress but also go to class with everything on supplies lists from paper to protractors. The State of Ohio has once again stepped in to help alleviate some of that burden with a sales tax holiday.

The Ohio Department of Taxation explained at Senate Bill 9 enacted a sales tax holiday to occur only in 2017. The holiday will last from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6. Those items exempt from sales tax include clothing priced at $75 per item or less and all schools supplies and instructional materials under $20. Items used in trade or business will not be exempt from sales tax. Clothing items cannot include accessories such as jewelry, wallets or hair items; sewing equipment; or sports/recreational equipment.

Qualifying school supplies include: binders; book bags; calculators; cellophane tape; blackboard chalk; compasses; composition books; crayons; erasers; folders: 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.

There is no limit to the number of qualifying items a person can purchase.

This is the third year Ohio has offered a tax free weekend in preparation of back-to-school. Joining Ohio is Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. In New Mexico, retailers can can choose to participate.

For more information, visit or call the Department of Taxation at 1-800-304-3211.

By Nikki Blankenship-Hamilton

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