Rogers: Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend

State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. The hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion more since then, according to state revenue numbers.

This weekend’s tax holiday adds buying power to those families intending to purchase items needed for the upcoming school year,” said Rogers. “While I voted against the two increases in sales taxes during my tenure, I was happy to support SB 226 because it made permanent the ability take advantage of a decreased sales tax. Just as important, it strengthens our communities when people shop locally.”

 

The sales tax holiday was first introduced in 2015 and, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, saved consumers over $3 million on almost $47 million worth of back-to-school purchases.

 

SB 226, which passed earlier this year, declares the annual tax-free weekend for back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials a permanent holiday and will recur each year during the first weekend in August.

 

Qualifying items include clothing priced at $75 or less per article and school supplies and instructional material priced at $20 or less per item.