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Get ready, Ohioans, because our favorite weekend is on the horizon: back-to-school tax-free weekend. It's the perfect time to start or finish any school shopping, and this year the Briteskies team has you covered with all things tax-free weekend.
This year’s Sales Tax Holiday will take place on Friday, August 3, starting at 12:00 am and will end Sunday, August 5, at 11:59 pm.
“Clothing” is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use. “Clothing” includes, but is not limited to, 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.
“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.
“School instructional materials” includes only the following items: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.
This includes: briefcases, cosmetics, hair notions (including, but not limited to: barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets), handbags, handkerchiefs, jewelry, sun glasses (non-prescription), umbrellas, wallets, watches, and wigs and hair pieces.
Includes: breathing masks, clean room apparel and equipment, ear and hearing protectors, face shields, hard hats, helmets, paint or dust respirators, protective gloves, safety glasses and goggles, safety belts, tool belts, and welders gloves and masks.
Including, but not limited to: knitting needles, patterns, pins, scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures, thimbles, and sewing materials that become part of “clothing” (including, but not limited to: buttons, fabric, lace, thread, yarn, and zippers).
Includes: ballet and tap shoes, cleated or spiked athletic shoes, gloves (including, but not limited to: baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, and golf), goggles, hand and elbow guards, life preservers and vests, mouth guards, roller and ice skates, shin guards, shoulder pads, ski boots, waders, wetsuits, and fins.
Yes, it applies to mail, telephone, email, and all internet orders as long as the items meet the requirements and they are purchased within the designated time period.
If you purchase an item with a coupon and the sales price is under $75 (clothing) or $20 (school supplies), then the item will not be taxed. For example, if a t-shirt is originally $100 dollars but after a coupon the sale price of the shirt becomes $50 dollars, sales tax will not apply.
Qualifying items placed on or picked up from layaway during the sales tax holiday are exempt from sales tax.
This back-to-school season the average total spending by parent is on back to school shopping is $510. Tax-free weekend is the ideal time for households to maximize their budgets and save on back-to-school purchases.
Now that your tax-free weekend questions have been answered, go forth and shop until you drop!