Parents and retailers have until the close of business Sunday to take advantage of Ohio’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday.
The weekend-long tax break, now in its third year, applies to clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. The exemption applies to clothing items priced at $75 or less and school supplies that cost $20 or less. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items a shopper can buy.
“Clothing” is defined as all wearing apparel suitable for general use, which even includes disposable diapers (children and adult), aprons, bathing suits and neckties.
You don’t need to be a back-to-school shopper to get the tax exemption, but the event is intended as a boost to families and the state’s businesses.
Based on Cuyahoga County’s 8 percent sales-tax rate, “a family spending $300 on school clothes can expect a savings of about $25,” according to Ed Jaroszewicz, marketing director at SouthPark Mall in Strongsville.
Mass merchants like Target and Walmart have been displaying back-to-school merchandise since early July. Sears, whose struggles have led to the announced closing of about 300 Sears and Kmart locations this year, is offering up to 50 percent off children’s clothing and put all kids’ shoes on sale.