Online Services - The Finder

The Finder - Sales and Use Tax Features

The Finder can provide the sales tax rate for any location in Ohio and, as such, can be a critical resource for vendors and sellers, as well as the general public. Tax rate searches can be done by address, zip code, or GPS coordinates. The Finder can also supply and add tax rate and boundary information to your client database or records. You may also download files that provide your computer system its own database of rates and boundaries.

Ohio’s sales and use tax boundaries almost always correspond to the borders of a county. All counties have a combined tax rate that includes the state and a county rate of tax. In addition, there are seven regional transit authorities in Ohio that levy sales and use taxes. All but one is located within the borders of a county. The exception is the Central Ohio Transit Authority and its tax which extends into portions of the cities of Columbus, Westerville, and Reynoldsburg that are in Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, and Union counties.

AVAILABLE LINKS:

LOOKUP TAX RATES / CALCULATE TAX AMOUNT

  • by Address
  • by Zip Code, 5- or 9-digit
    NOTE: 5-digit zip code searches may result in multiple taxing jurisdictions as zip codes cross county lines; 9-digit inquiries will produce a more accurate result.
  • by Latitude and Longitude

DOWNLOAD TAX RATES AND GIS BOUNDARY DATA

  • Ohio Sales Tax Rates by County (map and list)
  • Streamlined Sales Tax Rate Database Table
    NOTE: Excel spreadsheet format. Taxing jurisdictions and tax rates by FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) codes. Effective date of tax also provided.
  • County Rate Tables by Zip Code (both 5- and 9-digit zip codes tables)
  • Notification of Ohio Sales Tax Rates and Changes
    NOTE: Sign up at the Ohio Department of Taxation web site – tax.ohio.gov - to receive notices of rate changes or view a list of all rate changes back to 1997.
  • Downloadable County/Tax Boundary Database File and Instructions
    NOTE: CSV (Comma Separated Value) files for 5- and 9-digit zip codes, and all addresses in Ohio, by county. Use to program taxing jurisdictions and rates in Ohio.

UPLOAD RETAILER DATABASE

  • Registration (The Finder or the Ohio Business Gateway (Gateway)
    NOTE:  Gateway registrants can also file and pay sales tax, make accelerated payments and bill payments.
  • Upload/Return File Instructions
    NOTE: Registered users can upload customer database and The Finder will append the taxing jurisdiction and tax rate for those addresses. Users can also enter a taxable sales amount for a specific invoice number, have The Finder calculate the sales tax amount, and save the transaction. When it is time to file the sales tax return UST-1, you can create a report for the same reporting period of the tax return to assist you in filing that return. All taxable transactions will be listed, separated and totaled by county.

REPORTS  

  • Accumulated Sales Tax Data Report
    NOTE: Registered users can save taxable transactions and that data will be stored for five years. The user can create a report of any set of dates within that period.

WEB SERVICE

  • Streamlined Sales Tax Service
    NOTE: Registered users can enter data on customer addresses and The Finder will provide the correct tax jurisdiction, tax rate and tax amount.

The Finder is a service of the Office of Information Technology (OIT/Department of Administrative Services). If you have questions or concerns about information listed on The Finder, please contact:

  • Locations/mapping:  OIT Service Desk @ 614-644-6860 or 877-644-6860 – or -- email: csc@ohio.gov
  • Sales and Use Tax – 888-405-4039