More than a dozen states are hosting tax free weekends in 2020. These sales tax holidays give shoppers the opportunity to stock up on Back to School essentials without paying sales tax. Some states also exempt Energy Star appliances, disaster preparedness items, and other products during these events, as well.
Traditionally, the Ohio tax free weekend occurs during the first weekend of August. Read on for all the info you'll need to shop this event like a pro.
When Is the Ohio Tax Free Weekend in 2020?
The Buckeye State is kicking off its 2020 Back to School tax free weekend on Friday, August 7, and the event will conclude on Sunday, August 9. Eight other states are hosting their tax holidays during this weekend, too.
What Items Qualify for Ohio Tax Free Shopping?
During the tax free weekend this year, Ohio residents can expect to skip the sales tax when making purchases in these categories:
- Clothing and footwear: $75 or less per item
- School supplies: $20 or less per item
- School instructional material: $20 or less per item
What Items Aren't Eligible for Ohio Tax Free Status?
Like other states, Ohio requires you to pay sales tax on clothing accessories and equipment, protective gear, and sports and recreational equipment. Sewing equipment and supplies aren't exempt either.
More Ohio Tax Holiday Tips
Ohio won't let shoppers average the cost of a "buy one, get one" deal in order to make both items tax exempt. Each item must meet the price qualifications in order to avoid sales tax.
Online orders are also exempt in 2020, as long as these two things happen during the exemption period: shoppers pay for the item in full and the seller receives the order. Items that are back-ordered will qualify, too, as long as you pay during the tax free weekend. However, if you order during the event and payment isn't due until after, the back-ordered items won't be eligible.
For more information on this year's sales tax holiday, check out the FAQ page on the Ohio Department of Taxation website.