Sales and Use Tax

Record Retention Notice

January 1, 1998 through March 31, 1998

The sales tax law allows vendors conducting food service operations and who have not been convicted of a criminal violation of Section 5739.99 of the Ohio Revised Code, an option of keeping fourteen (14) days of sales records per calendar quarter in lieu of records of all sales from their food service operation. If you elect not to retain the records of all your sales, the records of sales made on fourteen days out of each quarter as specified by the Tax Commissioner after the quarter is over, are required to be kept for the four year statutory period.

The Tax Commissioner wants all vendors considering this option to realize that while they may alleviate some storage problems, tax liabilities under audit circumstances may be determined by test checks. By law, test checks are authorized whenever a taxpayer's records do not display a complete and accurate record of taxable sales and tax collected thereon.

Please note also that this provision of the law has no application to vendors other than food service operators as defined in Chapter 3732 of the Ohio Revised Code nor to any other than sales and use tax levied by Chapter 5739 and 5741 of the Ohio Revised Code. It does not apply to taxes levied by any other chapter of the state law, or to any taxes levied by the federal government. Further, it may not apply to taxes levied by local governments.

If you elect to exercise this option, the Tax Commissioner has determined that for the calendar quarter January 1, 1998 through March 31, 1998 sales tax records must be maintained for the following fourteen days:

January 05, 1998 February 04, 1998 March 01, 1998
January 13, 1998 February 12, 1998 March 09, 1998
January 21, 1998 February 20, 1998 March 13, 1998
January 29, 1998 February 28, 1998 March 17, 1998
January 31, 1998 March 29, 1998

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-405-4039.