Is it cheaper to buy in the next county? Compare area sales tax rates.

June 28, 2018
Greg Lynch
Kim Cutler and her son Kellan, 1, shop during the grand opening of Gabe’s at the Towne Mall Galleria in Middletown, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Montgomery County will join Franklin County and portions of Delaware and Union counties with the third-highest combined retail sales tax rate in the state at 7.5 percent.

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Current purchasers in Montgomery County — and those in 52 other Ohio counties — now pay a total retail sales tax rate of 7.25 percent. The state gets 5.75 percent of that while 0.5 percent of the tax collected in Montgomery County goes to the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. 

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At 8 percent, the overall retail sales tax rate in Cuyahoga County, which includes a 1 percent transit tax, is the highest in the state. A portion of Licking County pays 7.75 percent.  

Many counties have a higher local sales tax rate, including Clark and Preble at 1.5 percent. Montgomery County will join Miami and Warren counties at 1.25 percent, while Greene collects 1 percent and Butler 0.75 percent.