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State Drops Sales Tax on Eyewear

New legislation took effect July 1.

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Ohio is no longer assessing state sales taxes on eyeglasses or contact lenses, the Journal-News reports.

The change, adopted by state legislators in late 2017, took effect July 1.

Foregone taxes as a result of the change will likely total about $44 million in fiscal 2020, said Mark Flanders, director of the Legislative Service Commission.

Eyewear joins hearing aids and other medical devices, along with prescription drugs, in being tax-exempt.

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Most other states already exempt prescription eyewear from taxes.

The Ohio Optometric Association has stated that economic barriers such as sales taxes “make it less likely for patients to obtain the care and medical products they need.”

Read more at the Journal-News

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