Area families will no longer need to wait for the Ohio Senate to pass a bill to make back to school shopping tax free. The Ohio State Senate recently approved a bill making the “tax holiday” permanent on the August calendar when families spend the majority of their back to school budget each year.

The bill sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon a Republican from Columbus was approved unanimously making Ohio the only Midwest state to have a sales tax holiday for school shopping. According to reports, the General Assembly will be able to make changes if needed each year, but they will no longer need to pass a bill each year to help save families money.

The three day holiday allows for tax exempt purchases of up to $20 for each school supply and up to $75 for each clothing item on the list for back to school. Families have been saving on items since August of 2015 and the tax holiday has helped a great deal with the yearly budget for supplies and new clothing. Low income familes have been helped by the savings and tax collections have actually gone up because shoppers actually buy other non-exempt items with the savings. Some retailers have also scheduled sales based on the annual event.

The tax free event is normally scheduled for the first full weekend in the month of August and savings are realized Friday through Sunday.

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