COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown) announced passage of House Bill 116, sponsored by State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), which eliminates the sales and use tax on prescription lenses, frames, contacts or other devices that aid an individual’s vision.


Countless Ohioans rely on prescription eyewear on a daily basis in order to perform tasks such as driving or reading, as well as basic job duties. Eliminating the tax will alleviate burdensome and unnecessary expenses for Ohio families, and will save taxpayers an estimated $29 million annually.


“I was very pleased to see HB 116 pass,” stated Keller. “There are plenty of undue burdens currently on taxpayers, and I am glad to see we were able to lift at least one of them. Those in need of visual aids such as glasses or contacts shouldn’t have to pay more for this necessity.”


Other pharmaceutical and prosthetic equipment are not currently taxed in Ohio, making prescription eyewear the only medically necessary equipment sold in traditional retail stores that is taxed.


This tax also puts Ohio retailers at a disadvantage considering Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia have all eliminated the sales tax on prescription eyewear. This leads many consumers to cross state lines to purchase their glasses. Ohio is one of only 14 states that taxes the optical aids.


House Bill 116 now goes to the Ohio Senate where it awaits further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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