Lawmakers seek to help Ohio families save hard-earned dollars

State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the House passage of Senate Bill (SB) 9, bipartisan legislation to establish a three-day sales tax “holiday” during the weekend of Aug. 4-6, 2017 for “back-to-school” clothing and school supplies. This will be the third consecutive year that Ohio institutes such a tax holiday if the measure is signed by Gov. John Kasich.

Rep. Patterson’s House Bill 89, introduced in February, served as companion legislation to SB 9.

“It has been my pleasure, over the last two General Assemblies, to carry the companion bill in the House for this important legislation,” said Patterson. “For Ohio families struggling to make ends meet, the financial struggle of readying children for school each year is an especially burdensome challenge to overcome. It is my hope that our bipartisan work on this bill will result in crucial savings for working families.”

For three days, shoppers in Ohio will pay no sales tax on itemized purchases as they prepare their children for the coming of the new school year. Under the lawmakers’ proposal, qualifying products include items of clothing that are $75 or less, school supplies that are $20 or less, and school instructional materials that are $20 or less.

Ohio families saved $3.3 million during the state’s first temporary sales tax holiday in August 2015, while generating $4.7 million in sales tax revenue.

“In my district in particular, it is wonderful to see the excitement the tax holiday brings to families who spend their money at local stores in our communities rather than across the state line in Pennsylvania, where clothing is always exempt from the state’s sales tax,” said Patterson. “This legislation will also help bring dollars back to local businesses who suffer when shoppers go online and purchase their back-to-school items through certain online retailers that do not collect sales tax.”

Senate Bill 9 passed the Ohio House today with bipartisan support and now heads to the governor for his signature.

Patterson applauds House passage of “back-to-school” sales tax holiday