Says Aug. 4-6 tax-free shopping weekend will help families save hard-earned dollars
COLUMBUS — State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced Ohio’s third sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, Aug. 4-6. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. This year’s sales tax holiday was created through the passage of Senate Bill 9, bipartisan companion legislation to Patterson and State Rep. Brigid Kelly’s (D-Cincinnati) House Bill 89.
“This is a great opportunity for Ohio families to save money as they prepare their young ones for the upcoming school year,” said Patterson. “This can often be a stressful time of year for families who may struggle to afford to buy their children school supplies and new clothes. I’m proud of the bipartisan work we’ve done to help ease that burden. In addition, I’m very excited about the boost the tax holiday will bring to our local economy as shoppers choose to support local businesses instead of crossing state lines to shop in Pennsylvania.”
The sales tax holiday was first introduced in 2015 and, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, saved consumers over $3 million on almost $47 million worth of back-to-school purchases. Qualifying items include clothing priced at $75 or less per article and school supplies and instructional material priced at $20 or less per item.