What is the Ohio sales tax? Ohio: Sales Tax Handbook

Ohio:

Ohio Sales Tax Rate OH Sales Tax 2016

State Sales Tax Local Sales Tax Range Average Local Tax Average Combined Tax Max Combined Tax
5.75% 0.75% - 2.25% 1.343% 7.093% 8%

2016 Ohio Sales Tax Handbook

These rankings show how the Ohio sales tax compares to the other 49 states + DC. The state with the highest sales tax is ranked 1st, and states with the same sales tax have a tie rank.

Ohio's Sales Tax By The Numbers:

Ohio has a higher-than-average sales tax, including when local sales taxes from Ohio's 89 local tax jurisdictions are taken into account.


Rankings by Average State + Local Sales Tax:

  Ranked 18th highest by combined state + local sales tax

  Ranked 29th highest by per capita revenue from state + local sales taxes ($874 per capita)


Rankings by State Sales Tax Only:

  Ranked 8th highest by state sales tax rate

  Ranked 28th highest by per capita revenue from the statewide sales tax ($746 per capita)



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Ohio has a statewide sales tax rate of 5.75%, which has been in place since 1934.

Municipal governments in Ohio are also allowed to collect a local-option sales tax that ranges from 0.75% to 2.25% across the state, with an average local tax of 1.343% (for a total of 7.093% when combined with the state sales tax). The maximum local tax rate allowed by Ohio law is 2.25%. You can lookup Ohio city and county sales tax rates here.

This page provides an overview of the sales tax rates and laws in Ohio. If you are a business owner and need to learn more about things like getting a sales tax permit, filing a sales tax return, or making tax-exempt purchases for resale see the Ohio Sales Tax Handbook's Table of Contents above.

What is exempt from sales taxes in Ohio?

Many states have special sales tax rates that apply to the purchase of certain types of goods, or fully exempt them from the sales tax altogether. Here's how Ohio taxes five types of commonly-exempted goods:


Clothing

  5.75%

Groceries

  EXEMPT

Prepared Food

  5.75%

Prescription Drugs

  EXEMPT

OTC Drugs

  5.75%

For more details on what types of goods are specifically exempt from the Ohio sales tax see Ohio sales tax exemptions. To learn more about what types of transactions are subject to the sales tax to begin with, see what purchases are taxable in Ohio? Taxation of vehicle purchases in particular are discussed in the page about Ohio's sales tax on cars.

Are services subject to sales tax in Ohio?

"Goods" refers to the sale of tangible personal property, which are generally taxable. "Services" refers to the sale of labor or a non-tangible benefit. In Ohio, specified services are taxable.

About the Ohio Sales Tax

The state of Ohio has relatively complex sales tax rate, and utilizes a flat state tax rate. However, in addition to the flat state tax rate, there are many other local taxes, which will vary significantly depending on which jurisdiction you are in. Counties, mass transit districts, and transit authorities have the ability to levy permissive and sales taxes.

Is the Ohio Sales Tax Destination-Based or Origin-Based?

Ohio is a origin-based sales tax state, which means sales tax rates are determined by the location of the vendor, not by the location of the buyer. The origin-based method of determining sales tax is less complicated for vendors than destination-based sales tax, because all in-state buyers are charged the same sales tax rate regardless of their location.

Is Ohio a Streamlined Sales Tax State?

Ohio is a member of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, which means that the Ohio Department of Taxation has taken significant steps to simplify Ohio's sales tax rules and administration process.

Contact the Ohio Department of Taxation

The Ohio Sales Tax is administered by the Ohio Department of Taxation. You can learn more by visiting the sales tax information website at www.tax.ohio.gov.

Phone numbers for the Sales Tax division of the Department of Taxation are as follows:

  • Toll-Free Phone: (888) 405-4039

Learn More: Our Book Recommendations

If you would like to learn more about how to manage your Ohio sales taxes, we recommend the following books:


Small Business Taxes For Dummies

This introductury book assists both current and aspiring small business owners with important tax planning issues, and covers a wide variety of small business tax topics.

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A Guide to Sales and Use Tax

This book provides information and insights on how to comply with a multitude of sales and use tax laws and regulations. This is our recommendation if you need an in-depth look into sales taxes.

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