Save a Few Bucks This Weekend: Ohio Tax-Free Holiday


Ohio’s tax-free weekend returns Friday, August 4th at midnight and will end Sunday, August 6th at 11:59 p.m.

The tax-free weekend is a permanent holiday set for the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August.

Clothing items costing less than $75 per item and school supplies and instructional materials costing less than $20 per item will be tax-free.

The discount applies to purchases made in stores and online.

Things to know about Ohio’s sales tax holiday:

1. What stores are participating in the tax-free weekend?

  • All retailers in the state that sell items that are exempt from sales tax. The holiday is state law and retailers must comply.

2. What is NOT defined as clothing by the exemption?

  • Items purchased for use in a trade or business
  • Clothing accessories or equipment
  • Protective equipment
  • Sewing equipment and supplies
  • Sports or recreational equipment
  • Belt buckles sold separately
  • Costume masks sold separately
  • Patches and emblems sold separately

3. Does the exemption apply to shipping and handling charges?

  • If all items in a shipment qualify as eligible items and the sales price for each is within the sales tax holiday price threshold, the shipping and handling charges are not taxable.
  • If the shipment includes exempt items and taxable items (including an eligible item with a sales price in excess of $20 (school supplies)/$75 (clothing), the seller should allocate the shipping and handling charges by a percentage based on the total price of the taxable items to the total price of all the items in the shipment. The retailer must charge tax on the portion of the shipping and handling charges allocated to the taxable items in the shipment.

4. Does the exemption apply to layaway sales?

  • Qualifying items placed on or picked up from layaway during the sales tax holiday are exempt from sales tax.

Tips to avoid online shopping scams from the Better Business Bureau:

  • Beware of fake look-alike websites: Check the URL, watch for bad grammar, research the age of the domain, search for contact information, and read online reviews.
  • Professional photos do not mean it’s a real offer. Scammers often steal photos from other websites.
  • Be careful purchasing sought-after products. If something is sold out everywhere, don’t be tempted by a seemingly great deal. Scammers often trick shoppers by offering the most popular products at low prices.
  • Pay with a credit card. It’s always best to make online purchases with your credit card. You will be able to contest them through your credit card company. Be very wary of any retailer that asks you to pay by digital wallet apps, prepaid money cards, or other non-traditional payment methods.