Stores preparing for Ohio tax-free holiday this weekend

During the weekend, certain items are tax exempt in Ohio

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COLUMBUS (WKBN/WCMH) – It’s that time of year again, back to school shopping. This weekend is a chance for parents and teachers in Ohio to save some money.

Ohio’s tax-free weekend starts Friday. That means school supplies and clothes are tax exempt.

During the weekend, clothing items $75 or less, schools supplies $20 or less and instructional material $20 or less are tax exempt.

The tax-free holiday in Ohio began 3 years ago.

Michelle Schrock is one of many parents planning to take advantage and get what she needs. Schrock said the back to school takes some planning.

“You try to budget for each one. It is nice because the children will get their budget and then can go in and don’t have to figure out the tax,” Schrock said.

Schrock is also a first-grade teacher at Howland Elementary. She plans to stock up on pencils, folders, crayons and markers for her students.

Connie Rothwell is an intervention specialist at Springfield High School.

She says this tax-free weekend helps her with supplies for her students and her own children, too. She tries to keep extra things in her classroom for students.

“Just having that little perk of not paying tax definitely helps save some money,” Rothwell said.

And while both agree it’s a boost to the economy, extending the tax-free weekend would be helpful to them and others.

“I would like to have it longer. It is nice. I’ll be honest, sometimes I do go to Grove City and go shopping,” Rothwell said.

Extending the tax-free weekend may prevent shoppers from crossing the border to Pennsylvania to shop where tax is not charged anytime for many items on school supply lists.

According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies.

Ohio households saved $2.4 million last year from this sales tax holiday and the National Retail Federation expects a 10 percent increase this year.

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