Tax Free Weekend in Ohio – Get Ready for Back to School {2020}

It’s almost time for Tax Free Weekend in Ohio! It’s the perfect time to buy your back to school supplies, get clothes for the new school year, and more.

This year’s Sales Tax Holiday dates are Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, 2020.

school supplies

Here are the school supplies that are included.

Each item can be no more than $20 to be included. No other school supplies are eligible:

  • binders
  • book bags
  • calculators
  • cellophane tape
  • blackboard chalk
  • rulers
  • compasses and protractors
  • scissors
  • notebooks and paper
  • composition books and writing tablets
  • loose leaf paper and copy paper
  • graph paper and tracing paper
  • colored paper and construction paper
  • poster board
  • pencils and pens
  • pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • pencil sharpeners
  • crayons and markers
  • erasers
  • folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila)
  • glue, paste, and paste sticks
  • highlighters
  • index cards and index card boxes
  • legal pads

back to school shopping

Each clothing item can be no more than $75.

The State of Ohio defines clothing as “apparel suitable for general use”. Listed articles of clothing that are tax exempt that weekend include: shirts, sweaters, pants, underwear, socks, coats, jackets, rain wear, hats and caps, uniforms (both athletic and non-athletic), shoes, and much more.

Need diapers (children or adult)? They’re on the list of includes.

Need a wedding dress or a girdle? That’s on the list of ok purchases too! You just can’t go over $75.

Find more information on acceptable tax free clothing items on the Ohio Dept. of Taxation’s FAQ page: look for #4 in the FAQ’s


back to school supplies

Each instructional material item can be no more than $20 to be included.

  • reference books
  • reference maps and globes
  • textbooks
  • workbooks

Items used for a trade or in a business are NOT tax exempt during the Tax Free Weekend.

Sports and recreational equipment is NOT on the list of acceptable tax free purchases. This would include ballet and tap shoes; cleats; gloves for baseball, bowling, hockey, golf, etc.; goggles; life preservers and vests; skates; shin guards; ski boots; wetsuits and fins; and a few more.

Belt buckles that are sold separate from the belt, costume masks that aren’t sold with a costume, patches and emblems sold separately are all excluded.


kids going back to school

Have more questions about the Tax Free Weekend in Ohio? Check out the FAQ page here.

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