<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

The first weekend in August will be a primary opportunity for back-to-school shopping after legislators approved a bill for a sales tax holiday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers safety tips during the holiday from Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th.

One warning relates to consumers understanding store return policies.

“Under Ohio Law, the merchant selling these items can put out whatever conditions for those returns. People should know what those return policies are before they buy.”

DeWine advises shoppers to keep their receipts from any store you purchase back-to-school items at.

“It’s really a good way to help protect yourself if there’s ever any question about that particular item. Watch out for any type of scam that might exist on the internet. Con artists operate year round, every weekend, and every day.”

Exempt from Ohio’s sales and use tax include clothing $75 per item or less, school supplies $20 or less per item, as well as educational instructional materials at $20 per item or less.

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