COLUMBUS, OH – August 3, 2020 – Despite the many new changes and challenges Ohioans have experienced this year, one thing remains the same—Ohio’s sixth annual sales tax holiday will take place August 7-9, 2020.

Ohio consumers can certainly use the tax break during these unprecedented times.  “There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on both consumers and retailers over the last nearly five months.  Apprehension about the uncertainty created by the virus has impacted both spending and shopping habits,” stated Gordon Gough, President and CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants. 

“Notwithstanding, Ohio retailers continue to go above and beyond the requirements and recommendations for a safe shopping experience to ensure that their customers are protected from exposure to COVID-19.  The retail omni-channel of in-store and online shopping, along with home delivery and curbside pickup, allows our customers to choose their own comfort level,” continued Gough.  “Ohio families can take advantage of this weekend’s tax holiday knowing that all proper safety protocols are in place for the benefit of shoppers’ health and welfare.”

Ohio’s sales tax holiday provides consumers with an exemption from paying state and local sales tax on all clothing and footwear up to $75 per item as well as school supplies and school instructional materials up to $20 per item the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every August.  Eligible items are tax free at Ohio retailers, whether purchased in-store or online. However, the online exemption only applies to items delivered to or picked up in Ohio.  For more detailed information on exempted items, click here.

“For many families, the back-to-school experience is still in limbo, with some districts already announcing an online-only school year while others remain undecided.  Whether school takes place in the classroom or in the home, students will still need school supplies and fall and winter clothing and footwear,” added Gough.  “Having the opportunity to purchase those items tax free allows families to retain more of their income at a time when economic uncertainty persists.  Our members look forward to serving those families during the upcoming tax holiday weekend, August 7-9,” Gough concluded.

Founded in 1922, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants is Ohio’s leading trade association for the retail industry, which provides one in four Ohio jobs through more than 7,000 members statewide and serves millions of Ohioans daily.