Today, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauded the passage of House Bill 334, legislation that exempts non-profit gyms from sales tax, at Ohio House session.
“The continued efforts of our community members to improve health locally should be encouraged,” said Buchy. “Correcting tax errors made in the 1990s will help to balance the taxing system in our state and encourage economic prosperity.”
HB 334 exempts federally tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organizations that are gyms, recreational or sports club facilities from sales and use tax memberships. According to the sponsor, prior to this passage, Ohio was one of six states to have this tax on non-profit gyms. The Legislative Service Commission estimates that $7.3 million in tax revenue would be foregone, compared to the $23 million provided in financial assistance to those who can’t afford a membership on their own.
House Bill 334 passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.