State Representatives Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) and Ron Gerberry (D- Austintown) introduced House Bill 581, which would create an annual two-day “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday” period in August. During this time sales of “back-to-school” clothing, school supplies, personal computers and computer accessories, up to a certain limit, would be exempt from sales and use taxes.
“Back -to-school shopping can be very expensive for Ohio families. It is my hope that this tax break will help to ease the expense of properly preparing our children for the school year, and allow families to invest in the necessary supplies for students,” said Rep. Lundy. “I hope that this brief tax holiday can act as an incentive to generate more retail activity in our state.”
This legislation seeks to provide tax relief for working families and increase revenues for local retail businesses. The tax exemption would extend to clothing priced under $100, school supplies priced under $100, personal computers less than $750, and computer accessories priced less than $100.
“I am happy to sponsor this legislation with Representative Lundy. I believe this bill will encourage eastern Ohio residents to do their back-to-school shopping in our state rather than going across the border to Pennsylvania where they do not have to pay sales tax on clothing”, stated Representative Gerberry.
The bill now awaits assignment to a House committee for formal hearings.