Back-to-school tax free holiday begins Thursday night

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–It’s like Black Friday for back-to-school shopping.

Tonight, at midnight, the sales tax holiday weekend begins in Ohio. From Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, certain items needed to get your students geared up for the classroom will be exempt from state and county sales and use taxes.

Clothing and shoes up to $75 each and school supplies or instructional materials up to $20 each will be free of taxes if purchased during this weekend.

Click here for specific details on which items apply for the tax exemption.

Things like book bags, binders, pens, pencils, glue and other items all qualify as school supplies.

School instructional materials like reference books, maps, globes, textbooks and workbooks qualify for the tax exemption as well.

You can also get items like steel-toed shoes, coats, jackets, rainwear, gloves, mittens, ear muffs, belts, scarves, diapers (children and adult), formal wear and bathing suits tax free if they’re under $75 each. Things like sporting equipment do not qualify.

This is the second year for the back-to-school tax holiday. According to a study produced by the University of Cincinnati, an extra $4.6 million in consumption was generated last year, along with approximately $3.3 million in savings for families. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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