Grab your wallets! Get your back to school shopping for clothes and school supplies done during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday. 


The Ohio Sales Tax Holiday is a three-day event that exempts certain retail items from sales and use of tax when purchased in the state of Ohio. There is no limit on the total purchase, as long as the per-item caps are observed. Of course with this excitement, comes rules and regulations. Here are some pointers to help you navighttps://thevoiceofblackcincinnati.com/cincinnati-back-to-school-giveaways/ate through the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday. 

Where to get FREE back to school supplies!

Shop these Cincinnati Black-owned Businesses during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday!

 

When is the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?
The holiday starts on Friday, August 2, 2019, at midnight and ends on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.  There is no limit on the total purchase, as long as the per-item caps are observed.

 

What items are exempt (free from sales and tax) during the holiday?
–   An item of clothing priced at $75 or less.
–   An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less.
–   An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

 

What clothing items are exempt (free from sales and tax) during the holiday?
-Shirts, blouses, sweaters
– Pants, shorts, skirts,
– Dresses
– Uniforms (athletic and nonathletic)
– Shoes and shoelaces, insoles, sneakers, sandals, boots, overshoes, slippers, steel-toed shoes
– Underwear
– Socks
– Stockings, hosiery, pantyhose, foot lets
– Coats and jackets, rainwear, gloves and mittens for general use, hats and caps, earmuffs
– Belts and suspenders, neckties
– Scarves
– Aprons (household and shop)
– Lab coats
– Athletic supporters
– Bathing suits and caps, beach capes and coats
– Costumes
– Baby receiving blankets, diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers, rubber pants
– Garters and garter belts, girdles, formal wear and wedding apparel.

 

What school items are exempt (free from sales and tax) during the holiday?
– Binders
– Bookbags
– Calculators
– Cellophane tape
– Blackboard chalk
– Compasses
– Composition books
– Crayons
– Erasers
– Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila)
– Glue, paste, and paste sticks
– Highlighters
– Index cards and index card boxes
– Legal pads
– Lunchboxes
– 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
– Writing tablets
*School supplies” does not include any item purchased for use in a trade or business.

 

Can multiple items be purchased at the same time?
Multiple items under $75 can be purchased at the same time and still be exempt from sales and the use of tax. For example, if you purchase three shirts and two pairs of pants all for $50 each, you will not be charged any tax. The exempt of tax is determined item by item. Not by the total purchase.

 

What items DO NOT qualify?
The total price of items advertised as “buy one, get one free” or “buy one for a reduced price” cannot be averaged to qualify both items for the exemption. The exemption depends on the actual price paid for each item.  For example, if a consumer buys one clothing item at $80 and receives another item for free, the purchase would be subject to sales tax.

 

Are online, mail and telephone items/orders exempt (free from sales and tax)?
Qualified items sold to consumers by mail, telephone, e-mail, or Internet shall qualify for the sales tax exemption if the consumer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.  However, if the order and payment were made before the sales tax holiday, even if the item was delivered during the sales tax holiday, it would not qualify for the exemption.  Additionally, if an item is back-ordered and payment does not occur until a later shipment, the item would not qualify for the exemption.

 

Below is a list of Cincinnati Black-owned retail clothing stores that you shop during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday. 

amPM EXCHANGE
Unique styles for women that transition easily from daywear to nightwear.

A’Tois Wearable Art LLC
Clothing of confidence

Blackowned Outerwear
Urban clothing store.

Chapeau Couture
Hat supplier of unique one-of-a-kind hat fashion and outerwear.

Chic Life
T-shirts for women that promotes self-love.

Corporate Got Em
Elite gym shoes for every person.

Drea Labelle LLC
Specializes in custom women clothing.

Grace Health Scrubs
Offers a variety of business attire for healthcare professionals.

Grade A Uniforms
Offers school uniforms, scrubs, ties and more for men, women, and children.

Hard2Knock Shoppe
Urban clothing and shoes for men.

Mabbam
Clothing and accessories for men, women and kids.

Me BY Lee
Online boutique of trendy clothes.

Originalitees
Clothing that shows your state, city and neighborhood pride.

Paparazzi Ready
Unique fashions and jewelry for any occasion.

Queen Dreams Treasure Box
Clothing boutique of the latest trends.

Ragg Addict Boutique
Boutique for trendy and urban men’s clothing.

 

Here are over 30 Cincinnati family assistance programs ready to help you. 

The intention of the sales tax holiday, recently made permanent by the Ohio legislature, is to boost sales while also giving taxpayers a break on back to school items such as pens, notebooks, jeans and shoes. For more information, tips and questions, visit Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions. You can also request more information through email or call 1-800-304-3211.

 

 If there are any Black-owned retail companies that sell clothing or school supplies that we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati

 

Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

 

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