State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) today will introduce legislation making the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday a permanent event. The sales tax holiday will provide a sales and use tax exemption for customers purchasing certain retail items during the first weekend in August. This initiative is intended to boost sales while giving taxpayers a break.

"The legislation is an effort to help families preparing their kids to go back to school in August," said Senator Bacon. "The opportunity to save money on essential clothing and school items reduces the financial strain on consumers and boosts sales for local businesses." 

In 2015, the widely advertised tax-free shopping period was praised by both back-to-school shoppers and retailers. Senator Bacon's latest proposal would require all online and in-store vendors to permanently waive the collection of local and state sales taxes on designated items annually during the three-day tax holiday.

“Last year’s Ohio Sales Tax Holiday proved to be a win-win for parents, students and businesses alike. It’s important that we extend the tax break to ensure Ohio families benefit from this for years to come."

Savings would again apply to items of clothing priced at $75 or less, commonly used school supplies—crayons, book bags, pencils, etc.—priced at $20 or less, and school instructional materials like textbooks and workbooks priced at $20 or less. The price limits apply per item, so consumers can buy as many tax-exempt items under the price limit as they wish, either online or in stores.

Ohio was one of 18 states to host a sales tax holiday last year. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family with school-age children spent an estimated $669 on back-to-school supplies and clothing in 2014, or $470 without factoring in the cost of computers and electronics. 

MORE: In this video, Senator Bacon discusses how the 2015 Ohio Sales Tax Holiday helped families save on back-to-school shopping and boost retail sales.

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