Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

To view the questions, click on the "Select Category" bar and then click on the category you are interested in. A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear.

Is water taxable?

Bottled water, distilled water, mineral water, ice and carbonated water sold for ingestion by humans are considered food. Food items consumed off premises are not taxable. Water that contains natural or artificial sweeteners is a “soft drink” under R.C. 5739.01(EEE)(2)(c) and excluded from the definition of food. Please refer to the information release titled Food Definition Change, ST 2004-01 for additional information.