Labor Day isn't the only holiday around the corner.

The statewide sales-tax holiday, set Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6, will give consumers a break on back-to-school supplies, instructional materials and clothing.

That means crayons, erasers and book bags -- any item costing $20 or less -- will be exempt from all state and county sales taxes.

The same thing goes for the purchase of clothing costing $75 or less. Athletics equipment, however, is excluded.

That's good news for parents and students in Franklin County, where the sales tax is the second-highest in the state at 7.5 percent. Of the revenues from the sales tax, 5.75 percent goes to the state, 1.25 percent to the county and 0.5 percent to the Central Ohio Transit Authority.

On a purchase of $200, shoppers will see $15 in savings -- enough for a pizza.

Esther Brody, development director of Goodwill Columbus, said the tax break is an added benefit to shoppers already seeking a good bargain at the company's local retail outlets.

"Goodwill is so pleased to be able to help our customers with the best prices and the sales-tax holiday provides them with an extra opportunity for savings," Brody said.

A study from the Economics Center, a nonprofit think tank in Cincinnati, concluded that overall retail sales in Ohio increased by 6.48 percent during the first three-day tax holiday in August 2015.

The state experienced an increase of about $8 million in sales-tax collections while foregoing tax collection totaling of $3.3 million on exempted goods during the sales-tax holiday period, resulting in a net increase of $4.7 million in tax revenue, the study said.

Last year's numbers weren't quite as encouraging, however, with August retail sales up by only 3.8 percent, and the sales-tax holiday did not produce a substantial shift in consumer behaviors or patterns, a separate study concluded.

"The savings associated with the 2016 sales-tax holiday, while likely important to individual households, in total did not amount to substantial revenue losses for the state or counties," said Jennifer N. Shand, senior research associate at the Economics Center.

"Nevertheless, every little bit helps," said state Sen. Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington).

"It gives the money back to the people, and that's what we want," Hughes said.

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