July 22, 2003 - Sales
Tax on Services Kicks-in Aug. 1 - Many service
businesses collecting tax for the first time
COLUMBUS (July 22, 2003) – If you have a tow truck, run a
charter bus, operate a dry cleaner or laundry, give massages,
drive a taxi cab or own a storage facility, you are among the
business people in Ohio who must begin collecting sales taxes
on those services for the first time as of August 1.
Operators and providers of those and many other services that
must collect sales tax beginning Aug. 1 also are required to
have a vendor’s license.
"Many of those businesses already have a vendor’s license,"
Ohio Tax Commissioner Thomas M. Zaino said, "but, if they
don’t or are not sure, they should contact their local county
auditor or the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT)."
ODT has sent more than 300,000 letters to business people
informing them of the services that are now subject to sales
tax so that everyone can comply with the new sales tax law.
Zaino said ODT is making every effort possible to notify the
affected businesses that tax must be collected because, if
not collected from the customer, the law holds those
businesses liable for payment.
More information as well as a fact sheet on the sales tax
expansion can be found under the "What’s New?" heading on the
ODT web site at http://tax.ohio.gov/
Questions about sales taxes or any Ohio tax matter can be
e-mailed to ODT via the department’s web site.
Business people with questions can also call ODT toll-free at
For more information contact: Gary Gudmundson, ODT Director
of Communications, at 614-644-6903.