Ohio's back to school tax-free weekend approaches

Anna Jefferson
August 3, 2018

That includes clothing, shoes, school supplies and some electronics. If an item qualifies for the exemption under the "sales tax holiday", then all delivery charges associated with that sale are exempt.

The list of tax-exempt items includes: ice packs, most batteries, portable radios, duct tape, notebook paper, diapers and light bulbs.

Seventeen states schedule tax holidays throughout the year, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators.

State Sen. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, expects Ohioans to save millions of dollars this year on back-to-school shopping.

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Retailers are ready to celebrate Florida's second busiest shopping "holiday" this weekend as the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday through Sunday.

Tri-state area shoppers can benefit from two sales-tax holidays this weekend.

"This weekend's 3-day tax free holiday, provides a great chance for families to save their hard-earned money", said Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, in a news release.

Democrats are calling the holiday an election-year gimmick.

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Because of the crowds expected Friday through Sunday, some shoppers say they don't mind spending a little more now to avoid being slowed down by people on the tax-free weekend. Fur clothing also is tax exempt this weekend, but the one piece of clothing with fur, a woman's jacket with a real fur collar, retails far above the $100 limit at $1,100.

In Wake County, according to a table from the state Department of Revenue, the total sales tax is 7.25 percent.

"They're losing a ton of money when they do this", Lumley said.

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