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Ohio sales tax on fast food?

Asked by: pmitchem 226 views YA Discussion

I am new to Ohio, and i have heard that you do not get charged sales tax for when you order to go at fast food, however i have had a few places that did indeed charge me a tax on my take out, drive through order, and than others that have not?
Why is this, am i paying a tax I should not? Is it up to the business to collect and i just get clam it at tax time?
If you could help explain that would be nice


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  1. tro on Sep 19, 2012 Reply

    each state has their own guidelines
    when you have food served to ready to eat it is taxable, if you take it home that is cold and you have to do some preparation it is not taxable
    you need to check with Ohio’s regulations if this is their determination

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  2. Bobbie on Sep 19, 2012 Reply

    The Ohio sales tax rate is 5.5%, and the maximum OH sales tax after local surtaxes is 7.75%.
    And yes when the business does charge the amount you do have to pay because they are only the sales and use tax collector for the local taxing authority and they have send the amounts that they do collect on to them as they would be scheduled to do for this purpose.
    And you are probably wasting your time worrying about trying to be able to qualify to use the schedule A itemized deduction of your 1040 income tax return as a benefit to you on your CORRECTLY completed 1040 income tax return during the 2013 tax filing season for this purpose.

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