Sales tax going up in Brown Co.

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Taxation says the local sales tax rates will increase by a quarter of a percent beginning Oct. 1, 2010 in Brown and Sandusky counties.

Both counties will increase from 6.75 to 7 percent.

Retailers are required to collect sales tax from consumers at the new rate for all taxable sales made on and after Oct. 1. Rate cards that show the amount of tax that should be charged at various prices is available on the Ohio Department of Taxation's Web site,

"We encourage all business owners to be prepared ahead of time and not get caught by surprise on the first of October," said Bryan Hairston, administrator of the department's Sales and Use Tax Division. "As of Oct. 1, we expect all retailers to be charging the correct sales tax."

The state sales and use tax rate is 5.5 percent. County governments or regional transit authorities have levied additional "piggyback" rates in all 88 Ohio counties, and these local rates can change at the start of any calendar quarter.

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