COLUMBUS - State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) today announced Senate passage of legislation to make permanent Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, which provides a three-day sales and use tax exemption for customers purchasing certain retail items during the first weekend in August. 

"For a number of years we have been providing Ohio families some relief on their back-to-school clothes and supplies," said Senator Oelslager. "I am very proud of the fact that we have finally decided to make the Sales Tax Holiday a permanently recurring event and something Ohioans can count on each year moving forward." 

For the last three years, 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 waive the collection of local and state sales taxes on designated items during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August. 

Savings would 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.

For more information about Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, including specifics on which items qualify for savings, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation's website at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx.

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