Families To Save Once Again During Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday: August 5-7th
A Guest Column by State Senator Peggy Lehner
July 28, 2016
 
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All parents and educators know all too well that the end of summer can be a challenging time as parents prepare their children to return to the classroom. This year, I am pleased to remind families that the General Assembly has renewed the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday to assist parents during the back-to-school shopping season. 

As a grandmother to a number of school-age children, I know firsthand that this opportunity will go a long way for families who deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. I encourage parents and educators to take advantage of this unique opportunity from August 5 to August 7, 2016. This temporary relief from the sales taxes is meant to ease the burden for families and ensure that students have the items necessary to succeed in the classroom.

All shoes and clothing priced less than $75 will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes during this period. School supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less will also be tax exempt. Even online vendors will be more affordable, as they will waive local and state sales taxes on designated items during the three-day tax holiday.
  
Ohioans saved approximately $3.3 million on back-to-school items during the three-day period last year, resulting in a boost in statewide retail sales of more than 6 percent in August 2015. Counties located along state lines fared even better. 

I was proud to cosponsor this legislation again this year to ease the financial burden on parents and students heading into the new school year.

Click here for more information about Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, including specifics on which items qualify for savings.

 
 
 
  
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