Here’s what you can buy during Ohio Sales Tax Holiday weekend

Ohio’s sales tax holiday, which begins Friday and ends at midnight Sunday, offers sales tax exemptions on certain items for back-to school shoppers.

The deal includes clothing priced up to $75 and school supplies and instruction materials priced under $20. Here’s what you need to know before you head for your shopping trip:

1. What items of clothing qualify for the sales tax holiday?

Clothing is any apparel suitable for general use. Clothing includes: shirts; blouses; sweaters; pants; shorts; skirts; dresses; uniforms (athletic and nonathletic); shoes 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.

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2. What kind of school supplies qualify?

School supplies include only the following items: binders; book bags; 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.

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3. What items quality as “school instructional material?”

“School instructional material” includes only the following items: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.

Learn more here.


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