Ohio Sales Tax Holiday 2017: Do online purchases count?

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - If you are interested in Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday this weekend but you're also interested in staying on the couch, you're in luck because it counts for online purchases too.

The sales tax holiday is to give Ohioans a break when buying all of the supplies and clothes to head back to the classroom. Whether you're shopping at a brick and mortar store or online, you'll get an 8 percent tax break.

There are very strict rules put in place by the Ohio Department of Taxation. The tax holiday begins Friday at midnight and ends Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.

Anyone in the state can take advantage of the sale tax holiday whether they're back to school shopping of not. Here are some of the most popular questions and answers surrounding the tax free weekend.

Do online purchases qualify?

Qualified items sold to consumers by mail, telephone, email, or internet shall qualify for the sales tax exemption if the consumer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period. However, if the order and payment were made before the sales tax holiday, even if the item was delivered during the sales tax holiday, it would not qualify for the exemption. Additionally, if an item is back ordered and payment does not occur until a later shipment, the item would not qualify for the exemption.

What items qualify to be tax free?

  • An item of clothing priced at $75 or less;
  • An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
  • An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.
  • Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

Is there a limit to how many items I can buy?

For example, would the purchase of two shirts, two pair of pants, a pair of shoes and a jacket (each item costing $50, total purchase $300) be tax exempt? There is no limit on the amount of the total purchase. The qualification is determined item by item.

Are shoes considered clothing?

"Clothing" is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use. "Clothing" includes, but is not limited to, shirts; blouses; sweaters; pants; shorts; skirts; dresses; uniforms (athletic and nonathletic); shoes and shoe laces; insoles for shoes; sneakers; sandals; boots; overshoes; slippers; steel-toed shoes; underwear; socks and stockings; hosiery; pantyhose; footlets; coats and jackets; rainwear; gloves and mittens for general use; hats and caps; ear muffs; belts and suspenders; neckties; scarves; aprons (household and shop); lab coats; athletic supporters; bathing suits and caps; beach capes and coats; costumes; baby receiving blankets; diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers; rubber pants; garters and garter belts; girdles; formal wear; and wedding apparel.

Cleveland 19 has started Operation Backpack, collecting school supplies for Volunteers of America and you can even buy supplies from Amazon that will go straight to the charity. A specific page with a wish list has made it easy to buy items from Amazon here.

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