It’s that time of year again — stores are stocked with notebooks, backpacks, pencils and polo shirts as kids get ready to head back to the classroom.

Clare Taft has three kids, so she knows back-to-school shopping can sometimes add up, which is why she took advantage of last year’s sales tax holiday.

“It was crowded and a little crazy shopping, but it was good to save the extra money,” Taft said.

Friday through Sunday, shoppers don’t have to pay tax on:

  • Clothing priced $75 dollars or less per piece
  • School supplies $20 or less each
  • School instructional materials $20 or less

“I think it’s a great opportunity for people in Ohio, especially for families that do want to take advantage of the savings. I’m glad to hear that they have it, because when I was growing up here in Ohio we didn’t have it, so I think it’s good,” said Aarti Vakharia.

Workers at the University Heights Target are clearly prepared — signs throughout the store show shoppers what to stock up on.

“The kids are growing so fast. I think it’s great support for the family,” said Qin Yao.

On top of lunch boxes, notebook paper and pants, another item people might not know is tax free this weekend is diapers.

“It has to be great for the retailers too, but it’s good for the families. It’s good to have that on your calendar and good to know that you can get your shopping done,” Taft said.

Ohio Sales Tax Holiday 2017: Do online purchases count?

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 includes: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.

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.

Sales Tax Holidays FAQs

The sales tax holiday starts at midnight Friday and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. If shoppers can’t make it to the store, online retailers also offer tax free sales on qualifying items.

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