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Ohio: Planned Sales Tax Hike Jeopardized by Wrong Tax Code

  • Jul 27, 2015 | Gail Cole

 Ohio county can't raise sales tax quite as planned.

A planned local sales tax rate increase in Ohio may not be able to proceed as predicted due to an incorrect tax code.

County Commissioners in Portage decided last week to raise the local rate by a quarter percent as soon as possible, in order to generate direly needed revenue for prisons and drug treatment facilities. Putting the fate of the increase into the hands of voters was discussed and rejected. Had all gone according to the commissioners’ plan, the higher rate could have taken effect as soon as October 1, 2015.

Regrettably for the commissioners, their plan had a kink. Ohio Department of Taxation. It allows local jurisdictions to impose an additional 1% sales tax, and Portage County already imposes an additional 1% sales tax.

All is not lost, however. Rate increases are allowed under Ohio Revised Codes 5739.03 and 5739.06, neither of which has been completely tapped by Portage County.

Once the commissioners pick a code on which to base the sales tax rate increase, the matter will be discussed in a public hearing.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.