Back to school sales tax holiday begins Friday

Ohio's sales tax free weekend begins Friday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -The Target on Olentangy River Road was full of families searching for school supplies Monday evening. Some carried lists as long as stereo instructions.

The good news – the bill may not be so heavy this year thanks to Ohio’s first sales tax holiday.

Ohio is the only Midwestern state to offer one.

“We predict that a lot of those folks from the bordering states will take advantage of the sales tax holiday and visit Ohio. And while they are here they’ll be doing other things, such as dining out, getting gasoline,” said Lora Miller with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.

Keitiaunna Howard showed us the list for her daughter. She also has a son headed to high school.

“I dread it a little bit more because I know have two, one going to kindergarten,” she said. “So I’m starting all over. So you have to get all the cute stuff and the extra stuff.”

The state expects consumers will save about $25 million in sales tax during the three day event.

Shoppers won’t pay sales tax on clothing items up to $75 per item, or on school supplies, up to $20 per item.

Tax Commissioner Joe Testa stresses the exemption is for $75 per item.

“It’s not the first $75 so if you go in and buy a $100 coat you don’t get 75 of it tax free and pay tax on the other 25 no. It’s per item so if it’s a $100 item, it’s a taxable item. If it’s a $75 dollar item it’s tax free,” explained Testa.

Keitiaunna appreciates the savings because, after all, every little bit helps.

“I plan on going out,” she said. “Hopefully I can find a store that nobody really knows about because I feel like everybody is going to be out there.”

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