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Retailers Use Study To Push Plan To Make Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Permanent

The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard details of the study.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard details of the study.

The state’s retailers are pushing lawmakers to put in place permanently a three-day sales tax holiday in August for clothing and school supplies. And they have a new study that shows big numbers to support it.

The research group created by the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants says a study from the University of Cincinnati showed a pilot tax holiday before school started last August saved consumers $3.3 million. And the study’s author, economist Julie Heath, says sales tax collections for those three days went up $4.7 million, "because we drew people in from contiguous states, and because once people are in the store and you’re in a shopping mood, they spend money on non-exempt items as well.”

And Heath says as long as Ohio remains the only state among its neighbors with a sales tax holiday period, she says she could expect similar results every year.

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