Columbus, OH (July 29, 2019) – This coming weekend is a great time to get started on back to school shopping for Ohio residents. August 2-4 marks the 2019 Ohio Sales Tax Holiday, and during the weekend, shoppers won’t have to pay tax on certain items.
Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase multiple tax exempt items, such as:
.Clothing priced at $75.00 or less
.School supplies priced at $20.00 or less
.School instructional material priced at $20.00 per item or less
According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, there is no limit on the amount of the total purchase. The qualification is determined by the item. Some items are not considered clothing, such as accessories, costumes, protective gear, sports gear, sewing supplies and belt buckles.
The Charity Newsies, whose mission is to provide clothing so that no child is kept from school due to lack of adequate clothing, are also accepting applications for assistance for the 2019/2020 school year. To find out more information on how to apply and various locations accepting applications, you can visit their website at charitynewsies.org.
Ohio shoppers should be prepared to shop in crowded stores. BBB has some tips before the big weekend approaches:
.Know items the holiday covers. It does not apply to household goods, furniture or vehicles.
.Don’t be confused by advertising. Any “Back-to-School Sale” does not automatically mean tax-free. Retail stores might advertise these types of sales because they know consumers will be looking to purchase items for the upcoming school year. Items will still have taxes applied to them unless the item appears on the state’s tax-free list.
.Determine a budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend per person in advance. Creating a shopping list can help you avoid costly impulse purchases.
.Have a plan. Schools often provide parents with a list of required items for the school year. These lists are also available at many retail stores and on school websites.
.Take inventory. Before hitting the stores, see which items you already have. You may have leftover supplies from the previous school year or items you can reuse.
.Check for refund and exchange policies. Be sure you can exchange or return items purchased during this time period. Some items may be non-refundable or could have restocking fees associated with a return.
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