What you need to know about Ohio's sales tax holiday this weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Shoppers get ready. Ohio's sales tax holiday is set for this weekend.

From Friday through Sunday, clothing items costing less than $75 per item and school supplies costing less than $20 per item will be tax-free. The discount applies to purchases made in stores and online.

A full list of what falls under the sales tax holiday is available online.

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The Ohio Senate unanimously approved a bill earlier this year that made the three-day sales tax holiday permanent. The Legislature had approved temporary sales tax holidays for the past three years.

State officials estimate the sales tax holiday will reduce state revenue by up to $16.9 million in 2020.

Gordon Gough, president of the state Council of Retail Merchants, says consumers will get the "lion's share of benefits."

5 things to know about Ohio's sales tax holiday

1. When is this tax-free weekend and how long does it last?

A. The holiday is a one-time event that begins Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

2. What stores are participating in the tax-free weekend?

A. All retailers in the state that sell items that are exempt from sales tax (see qualifications listed above). The holiday is state law and retailers must comply.

3. What is NOT defined as clothing by the exemption?

  • Items purchased for use in a trade or business.
  • Clothing accessories or equipment.
  • Protective equipment.
  • Sewing equipment and supplies.
  • Sports or recreational equipment.
  • Belt buckles sold separately.
  • Costume masks sold separately.
  • Patches and emblems sold separately.

4. Does the exemption apply to shipping and handling charges?

If all items in a shipment qualify as eligible items and the sales price for each is within the sales tax holiday price threshold, the shipping and handling charges are not taxable.

If the shipment includes exempt items and taxable items (including an eligible item with a sales price in excess of $20 (school supplies)/$75 (clothing)), the seller should allocate the shipping and handling charges by a percentage based on the total price of the taxable items to the total price of all the items in the shipment. The retailer must charge tax on the portion of the shipping and handling charges allocated to the taxable items in the shipment.

5. Does the exemption apply to layaway sales?

Qualifying items placed on or picked up from layaway during the sales tax holiday are exempt from sales tax.


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