Ohio to Offer Tax-Free Back to School Shopping

Back to school lettering with books, pencils and apple over chalkboard background

It may still feel like summer outside, but area students are preparing to head back to school in a few weeks. With the upcoming school year comes the need for new supplies. To help save on costs, Ohio will be hosting the state’s first-ever tax holiday on back-to-school purchases Aug. 7-9.

The tax free holiday will apply to purchases made from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. The sales tax holiday applies to online stores as well. According to the legislation passed last year, Ohioans won’t have to pay sales tax on school supplies and instructional items priced at up to $20 each or clothing and footwear priced at up to $75 per item.

Consumers can buy all the eligible items they want as long as the retail price for each item does not exceed the limit. The state of Ohio defines clothing as “all human wearing apparel suitable for general us,” including but not limited to “shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, uniforms (athletic and nonathletic), shoe and shoe laces, insoles for shoes, sneakers, sandals, boots, overshoes, slippers, steel-toed shoes, underwear, socks and stockings, hosiery, pantyhose, footlets, coats and jackets, rainwear, gloves and mittens for general use, hats and caps, ear muffs, belts and suspenders, neckties, scarves, aprons (household and shop), lab coats, athletic supporters, bathing suits and caps, beach capes and coats, costumes, baby receiving blankets, diapers (children and adult, including disposable diapers), rubber pants, garters and garter belts, girdles, formal wear, and wedding apparel.”

School supplies are limited to: “binders, book bags/backpacks, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila), 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.”

Ineligible items include those purchased for a trade or a business as well as the following: clothing accessories or equipment, protective equipment, sewing equipment and supplies, sports or recreational equipment, belt buckles sold separately, costume masks sold separately, and patches and emblems sold separately.

All item information comes from the National Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) and the Ohio Department of Taxation. All states that hold sales tax holidays and are members of the SSUTA are required to use the SSUTA definitions of what categories are eligible for their holiday.

About Ohio Valley Bank
Ohio Valley Bank, established in 1872, currently serves personal and business customers from 15 offices throughout Ohio and West Virginia. The Bank's headquarters are located at 420 Third Avenue in historic Gallipolis, Ohio. The company has never changed names, making it one of the oldest banks in the state. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

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