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Tax-free weekend is back for 2020

Posted at 6:08 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 10:50:15-04

CINCINNATI — A lot of things have changed in 2020, but tax-free weekend is still the same, in more ways than one.

It was started in 2015 to help families buying back-to-school clothes and supplies. This year, though, with so many people out of work thanks to COVID-19, and schools going digital, Ohio officials tried to get more items added to the tax-free list.

"Adding things like computers, and you know laptops, handheld devices, the type of things kids need now-a-days for school, especially in the current environment when folks are operating from home," Lora Miller from the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants said.

Even with the new learning environments, lawmakers didn't get to the bill to add things like computers to the list of tax-free items for this weekend. So those items were not added to the tax-free list, and the list looks the same as it did last year.

The items on the tax-free list include clothes and shoes under $75 as well as school supplies costing less than $20 for this weekend.