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.
When is It?
This year’s Sales Tax Holiday will take place on Friday, August 5, starting at 12:00 am and will end Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 pm.
Clothing priced at $75 per item or less
“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 priced at $20 per item or less
“School supplies” includes 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, construction paper, pencil boxes and other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, and rulers.
School instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less
“School instructional materials” includes only the following items: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.
What's NOT Included?
Clothing accessories or equipment
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.
Sewing equipment and supplies
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).
Sports or recreational equipment
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.
Any belt buckles, costume masks, patches, or emblems sold separately
Any item used in business or for trade
Frequently Asked Questions
Do vendors have a choice in participating?
Does tax-free apply to mail, telephone, email, and internet orders?
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 I buy an item with a coupon or discount will it have sales tax?
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.
Does this exemption apply to layaway sales?
Qualifying items placed on or picked up from layaway during the sales tax holiday are exempt from sales tax.
Now You Know
The average American family is predicted to spend about $675 on back-to-school shopping this year. 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!