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Ohio Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 6-8, 2021. Shop tax-free all weekend for clothes and school supplies!


When is the 2021 Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

What items are tax-free during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

What items are not included in the Ohio Sales tax holiday?


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 if the per-item caps are observed. However, of course with this excitement, comes rules and regulations. Here are some pointers to help you navigate the rules and save money.

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When is the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • The Ohio Sales Tax holiday starts on Friday, August 6, 2021, at midnight and ends on Sunday, August 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. There is no limit on the total purchase if the per-item caps are observed.


What items are exempt (free from sales and tax) during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • Item of clothing priced at $75 or less.
  • School supplies priced at $20 or less.
  • School instructional materials priced at $20 or less.



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What clothing items are exempt (free from sales and tax) during the Ohio Sales Tax 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 typical 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 Ohio Sales Tax 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 do not include any item purchased for use in a trade or business.


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Can businesses choose not to participate in the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • No. Participation is required by law.


Can multiple items be purchased at the same time and still be tax-exempt during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • 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. Therefore, the exemption of tax is determined item by item. Not by the total purchase.


What items DO NOT qualify for the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • Protective equipment (breathing masks, face shields, protective gloves, etc.)
  • Sports and recreational equipment
  • Accessories (briefcases; cosmetics; hair notions, including, but not limited to, barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets; handbags; handkerchiefs; jewelry; sunglasses (non-prescription); umbrellas; wallets; watches; and wigs and hairpieces)



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Can “Buy One, Get One Free” items qualify for the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • 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. In addition, 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) during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday?

  • 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. In addition, 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 can shop at during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday:

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BlaCk OWned Outerwear
Urban clothing store.

Corporate Got Em
Elite gym shoes for every person.

GO(O)D Company Apparel
Specializes in inspirational clothing for all walks of life.

Offers clothing for women.

Clothing and accessories for men, women and kids.

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Queen Dreams Treasure Box
Clothing boutique of the latest trends.

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

Stylish LÃNese Boutique
Trendy boutique offering women and girls clothing.



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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, questions, and a list of non-qualifying items visit Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions. In addition, 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.


Article Information provided by the Ohio Department of Taxation.


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