Ohio House approves bill repealing tax on prescription glasses and contacts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - Ohio representatives in the state House passed a bill that would eliminate the sales and use taxes on prescription eyeglasses, frames and contacts. According to the Ohio House, the repeal would save taxpayers an estimated $29 million each year.

“It’s a big win to reduce Ohio’s tax burden and make prescription eyewear more affordable for Ohioans,” State Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) said.

The Ohio House of Representatives says prescription eyewear is the only prescribed medical product sold in traditional retail stores that is taxed in Ohio. Almost all prescription goods in Ohio are exempt from the sales and use tax. The exceptions are dental prostheses, the sale of medical oxygen-dispensing equipment, and hospital beds unless purchased by a hospital, nursing home or other medical facility.

The bill must still be approved by the Senate and Governor John Kasich before becoming law.