Sales tax holiday bill moves to governor's desk

Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 28, 2016

Shoppers in Ohio would get a three-day break from the state's sales tax this summer under a bill being sent to the governor's desk.

The tax-exempt period would cover Aug. 5-7. It would apply to clothing items that cost $75 or less and to classroom supplies and instructional materials that cost $20 or less. Such items include book bags, textbooks, notebooks and pencils.

The House passed the bill on a 94-1 vote Wednesday.

The proposal follows a similar tax holiday held last year to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies.

A legislative analysis found the bill could reduce state revenue by up to $15 million in the next budget year.
Backers say customers shopping during the holiday period also buy other non-exempt goods.