Ohio bills hope to expand sales tax-free holidays

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KETTERING, Ohio(WDTN) – Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Representative Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) filed two bills that would expand and create sales tax holidays. 

The first bill would expand the current back-to-school sales tax-free weekend. It would increase the cap on tax-exempt clothing and school supplies from $20 an item to $100 an item. It also proposes to increase the cost of tax-free instructional material from $75 to $100 an item.

Tax-free weekends are a welcome holiday for educators like Jennifer Teleha. She said while there are ways for teachers to buy school supplies tax free, the process can often be lengthy.

“Being able to walk into a store and not have to worry about all that paper work needed to get it tax free is awesome,” Teleha said.

New in the bill would be a tax emption for tablets and laptops priced up to $2,000 during the tax holiday.

Steve Brown, an employee at F and S School Supply said last summer’s first tax holiday brought in a lot of business.

“We told them how much they saved, or tried to tell them, and it’s a nice surprise for them,” Brown said.

The second bill also being introduced would create a sales tax-free weekend for appliances. That would take place in March for qualifying Energy Star appliances.

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