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No tax next weekend for Valley back-to-school shoppers

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

As July begins to come to a close, many Valley families are already thinking about back to school shopping. 

But those hoping to get the best deal may want to wait just a little while longer. 

Ohio's annual "Tax-Free Weekend" will run 12 am Friday, Augst 4th through Sunday, August 6th at 11:59 pm.

The three-day reprieve from sales tax on clothes and school supplies was designed to help families with the increasing cost of sending kids back to school. 

An annual survey on back-to-school shopping predicts Americans will spend more the $27 billion on clothes, uniforms, and supplies for their kids. 

The Deloitte study estimates families will spend almost $500 per child. 

The tax-free weekend will offer tax breaks for clothing items priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less, and school instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.     

There is no limit on the amount of the total purchase, the tax discounts apply to each individual item. 

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

Valley retailers such as the Southern Park and Eastwood Malls say they are gearing up for the extra traffic over the tax holiday weekend. 

Those who are planning their Back-to-School shopping trip for Saturday, August 5 will have the chance to meet some of their favorite superheroes from The Justice League at the Eastwood Mall.  

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman will be visiting Eastwood Mall that day that day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Children wearing their favorite superhero will have the chance to win a gift card. 

For more information on the tax-free weekend, and a list of frequently asked questions, visit the Ohio Department of Taxation's website here.

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