Sales tax holiday for energy-efficient products introduced in Ohio
- Mar 25, 2019 | Gail Cole
After offering an on-again, off-again sales tax holiday for clothing and school supplies for years, the Ohio Legislature established an annual back-to-school sales tax holiday starting August 2018. Now one Ohio lawmaker wants to expand the August tax-free period and create an additional sales tax holiday for energy-efficient products.
House Bill 135, introduced by Representative Niraj J. Antani, seeks to expand the existing August sales tax holiday. Currently, the sales tax exemption applies to clothing costing $75 or less, school instructional materials costing $20 or less, and school supplies costing $20 or less. HB 135 would raise the price threshold for clothing, school instructional materials, and school supplies to $100 or less. It would also exempt sales of any laptop, netbook, or tablet computer with a sales price of $2,000 or less.
House Bill 134, also introduced by Rep. Antani, would exempt sales of qualifying energy-efficient products the first Friday through Sunday of March each year. Only items sporting the Energy Star® label that are purchased for personal use would be eligible for the sales tax exemption. Aside from that, the measure provides little in the way of details.
It will take time for these bills to make their way through the legislative process. Meanwhile, sales tax holidays are on the horizon in other states. Missouri’s sales tax holiday for energy-efficient products and the Texas tax-free period for emergency preparedness supplies both occur in late April.