Sales tax holiday starts today

By Mackenzi Klemann -

LIMA — It’s back: Ohio’s sales tax holiday returns this weekend.

The three-day tax holiday allows Ohio families to shop for back-to-school clothes and school supplies tax-free during the first weekend of August, now an annual state “holiday” thanks to legislation approved by the Ohio General Assembly in 2018.

Starting Friday, Aug. 2, all clothes and shoes marked $75 or less and all school supplies or instructional materials sold for $20 or less are exempt from state and local sales taxes.

Shoppers may purchase as many shoes, school supplies and articles of clothing as they want tax-free, so long as the final sale price of each item meets the price requirements. But that means shoppers should pay attention when shopping sales or applying coupons to ensure each item is eligible.

Not all clothing-related items qualify for the tax holiday, either.

Athletic apparel like ice skates, mitts, shoulder pads or wetsuits will not be subject to the sales-tax waiver this weekend. Neither will sewing equipment, jewelry or cosmetic products.

Potential savings will vary by county.

Here in Allen County, shoppers pay a combined 6.75% in state and local sales tax. That means a mother buying a pair of jeans for $75 could save $5 in taxes this weekend.

Parents with school-age children aren’t the only ones looking forward to the sales tax holiday. Local retailers are expecting more shoppers this weekend too.

Jamie Burger, owner of Simply Torn, a locally owned women’s clothing boutique in Lima, said her store always sees an increase in traffic when families start their back-to-school shopping in August.

She expects some parents taking advantage of the tax holiday for their children will take some time to shop for themselves.

“Personally, as a mom, a lot of my friends use the (sales tax holiday) for school supplies,” she said. “If they have more than one kid in school, it gets expensive. But they also take advantage of it for school clothes and women may get fall clothes for themselves too.”

The tax holiday ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

By Mackenzi Klemann

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

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