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General requirements

Ohio is an origin-based state (sales are taxed where the seller is located).

  • Sales tax is charged on the retail sale, lease, and rental of tangible personal property (TPP) as well as the sale of selected services
  • Licensed wholesalers and manufacturers are not taxed

Businesses are required to file electronically in one of two ways:


The state sales tax rate in Ohio is 5.75%. Counties and regional transit authorities may levy additional sales taxes. Total rates range from 6.5% to 8%. For more information, check out their current state and local rate totals.

For a fast and accurate sales tax rate lookup by zip code, use our up-to-date calculator below.

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How food is taxed

Most food items are not subject to the sales tax, though food sold in restaurants or sold to be consumed on premises is subject to the full state and local rate.

Nexus in Ohio

Business activities that establish a tax presence in the state include:

  • Maintaining a physical presence in the state
  • Haing employees or representatives regularly operating in the state
  • Making regular deliveries of TPP into the state

Economic nexus in Ohio:

  • According to state law, out-of-state sellers whose sales into Ohio exceed $500,000 gross revenue in the current or preceding calendar year are required to register with the state, collect sales tax on sales to Ohio, and remit that sales tax to the state.
  • Effective date: Jan. 1, 2018

The Department of Taxation is encouraging out-of-state sellers to register and begin collecting Ohio use tax for customers in the state. Ohio has entered into cooperative agreements with the tax departments of other states to assist each other in locating and contacting vendors who make online sales. Read more in this FAQ.

Filing schedule

Your filing frequency will be determined based on amount of tax liability as follows:

  • Annual filers: Less than $1,200 annual tax liability
  • Monthly filers: More than $1,200 annual tax liability

Tax returns for both monthly and semi-annual filers are due on the 23rd of the month following the tax period you're filing for.

If the UST-1 return and full payment are received by the Ohio Department of Taxation on or before the due date, the discount is 0.75% of the tax liability reported.

Registering to collect sales tax in Ohio

You must register to collect sales tax in the state by obtaining a vendor’s license.

This can be done in two ways:


The Department of Taxation states that “interest may be due on any taxes found due and not paid in a timely manner.” The following penalties apply:

  • An additional charge up to $50 or 10% of the tax due, whichever is greater, may be charged on every tax return not filed on time and/or when the tax liability is not paid in full
  • For not paying collected taxes, or not filing a tax return, a penalty up to 50% of the tax due may be charged

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