State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) 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’m glad we were able to see clearly and eliminate this extraneous tax,” Rep. Dever said. “Not only does this spectacular legislation ease financial burdens on Ohio families, but it also coincides with our vision of helping more of our local retailers compete in the market. I am thankful to Representative Merrin for introducing this eye-opening legislation and am looking forward to the impact it has on our communities.”

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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