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Ohio Sales Tax Rate

Ohio has a 5.5% state sales tax. Counties may levy a permissive sales tax of from 0.25% up to 2.5% and transit authorities, mass transit districts usually centered on one primary county, may levy a sales tax of from 0.25% up to 2.5%. Cuyahoga county has the highest sales tax of 7.75%. Tax increments may not be less than 0.25%, and the total tax rate, including the state rate, may not exceed 8.5%. County permissive taxes may be levied by emergency resolution of the county boards of commissioners. Transit authority taxes must and county permissive taxes may be levied by a vote of the electors of the district or county. Shipping and handling charges are also taxable. Ohio law requires virtually every type of business to obtain a Ohio Sales Tax Certificate Number. If you sell goods on eBay or the internet and ship them to someone in the state you reside, then you must collect sales tax from the buyer and pay the collected tax to your state on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you sell less than $4 million in annual sales, you do not have to collect or pay sales tax on out-of-state sales. Ohio Sales Tax Resale Certificate Example: If you live in Ohio and you sell or ship something to someone else in Ohio, then you must collect and pay sales tax to the State of Ohio. But, if you sell the same item to someone outside the State of Ohio, you need not charge sales tax, but must report the exempt tax sale to the State of Ohio. Ohio also has a gross receipts tax called the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) that is applicable only to businesses but shares some similarities to a sales tax. "Food for human consumption off the premises where sold" is exempt from sales tax, with the exception of sodas and alcoholic beverages which are taxed the full 7%. Guernsey County is 7.0%.

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