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Tax Free Weekend: See all the back-to-school items that qualify

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This is the weekend to hit the stores for all your back-to-school shopping. Ohio's tax-free weekend starts Friday and runs through Sunday.

That means shoppers don't have to pay tax on:

  • Clothing valued at $75 or less.
  • School supplies valued at $20 or less.
  • School instructional materials valued at $20 or less. 

Americans are expected to spend $83.6 billion on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Ohio is one of 16 states that observes the sales tax holiday. Indiana and Kentucky do not have tax-free weekends.

Frequently asked questions:

What kind of school supplies falls under the "tax-free" category?

School supplies that qualify for the tax free holiday include: 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 include: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.

What kind of clothing falls under the "tax-free" category? 

Clothing items that qualify as tax free include: 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.

Do online purchases qualify?

Qualified items sold to consumers by mail, telephone, e-mail, or Internet qualify for the sales tax exemption if the consumer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.  However, if the order and payment were made before the sales tax holiday, even if the item was delivered during the sales tax holiday, it would not qualify for the exemption.  Additionally, if an item is backordered and payment does not occur until a later shipment, the item would not qualify for the exemption.

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