For School Supplies and Some Clothing

Tax Free Weekend Begins Aug. 5
Posted on 07/26/2022
Image of Tax Free signWith sales tax rates in our region as high as 8% in some areas, APS families can save a considerable amount on Ohio's tax-free weekend. The special deal applies to school supplies and clothing Aug. 5-7 this year.

Exempt from sales tax is:

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.

The state defines clothing as "all human wearing apparel suitable for general use."

The eligible items include: shirts; blouses; sweaters; pants; shorts; skirts; dresses; uniforms (athletic and nonathletic); shoes and shoelaces; insoles for shoes; sneakers; sandals; boots; overshoes; slippers; steel-toed shoes; underwear; socks and stockings; hosiery; pantyhose; footlets; 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; and formal wear and wedding apparel.

Here's a list of some things that are not eligible. They include:
  • Clothing accessories or equipment including briefcases; cosmetics; hair notions, including, but not limited to, barrettes, hair bows and hairnets; handbags; handkerchiefs; jewelry; sunglasses (non-prescription); umbrellas; wallets; watches; and wigs and hair pieces.
  • Protective equipment including breathing masks; 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 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 including ballet and tap shoes; cleated or spiked athletic shoes; gloves; 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 sold separately.
  • Costume masks sold separately.
  • Patches and emblems sold separately.
For more information, visit https://tax.ohio.gov/home.
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