Back to School Savings

If you’ve been to any area superstore lately, you may notice a shift in the seasonal aisle — that’s right, back-to-school is right around the corner — almost a month away.

“We’ve got our school supply lists from the local schools in the front of our grocery and pharmacy entrances in the store,” explained New Boston Walmart Manager, Chad. “We’ve got everything a parent would need to buy for their student. We’re going to be stocking our back-to-college deals on essentials for dorm living this week as well.”

Parents, students and educators are also encouraged to take advantage of Ohio’s tax free weekend. The holiday starts on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 12 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

While clothing is eligible for the holiday, the following items are not eligible for the holiday and are subject to tax during the holiday period:

  • Items purchased for use in a trade or business.
  • Clothing accessories or equipment. Clothing accessories or equipment include: briefcases; cosmetics; hair notions, including, but not limited to, barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets; handbags; handkerchiefs; jewelry; sun glasses (non-prescription); umbrellas; wallets; watches; and wigs and hair pieces.
  • Protective equipment. Protective equipment includes: breathing masks, clean room apparel and equipment, ear and hearing protectors, face shields, hard hats, helmets, paint or dust respirators, protective gloves, safety glasses and goggles, safety belts, tool belts, and welders gloves and masks.
  • Sewing equipment and supplies including, but not limited to, knitting needles, patterns, pins, scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures, and thimbles; and sewing materials that become part of “clothing” including, but not limited to, buttons, fabric, lace, thread, yarn, and zippers.
  • Sports or recreational equipment. Sport or recreational equipment includes ballet and tap shoes, cleated or spiked athletic shoes, gloves, including, but not limited to, baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey, and golf, goggles, hand and elbow guards, life preservers and vests, mouth guards, roller and ice skates, shin guards, shoulder pads, ski boots, waders, and wetsuits and fins.
  • Belt buckles, costume masks, and patches and emblems sold seperately.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, School supplies include only the following items: binders, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila), glue, paste, and paste sticks, highlighters, index cards, index card boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper, loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper, pencil boxes and other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors and writing tablets.

Instructional materials include reference books, reference maps, globes, textbooks and work books.

If you have questions regarding what your child or student needs, contact their school district or use the student handbook.

For more information about the Tax-Free Holiday, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website at

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