Ohio Senate passes 3-day sales tax holiday proposal

The bill passed on a 31-1 vote Tuesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Shoppers in Ohio could get a three-day break from the state’s sales tax this summer under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The bill had initially sought to make the sales tax holiday a yearly occurrence. Sponsoring Sen. Kevin Bacon said the bill was changed Tuesday to make it a one-year pilot at the request of the state’s taxation department.

The bill passed on a 31-1 vote Tuesday.

Ohio had its first-ever sales tax holiday last August to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies. The holiday 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 tax-exempt period would cover Aug. 5-7.

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