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Condition: Unused Year of Issue: Prior to 1962
Country of Manufacture: United States Denomination: 30 Cents
Topic: Sales Tax Stamp Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Color: Green & Orange on Safety Paper



Issued Prior to 1962.

TYPE OF SCRIPOPHILY, EXONUMIA, NOTAPHILY: Ohio Pre-Paid Sales Tax Stamps (later replaced by a standard "sales tax").

SPECIAL FEATURES: Both halves of the stamp are included! Both the merchant's half of the stamp and the customer's half of the stamp! This means, these stamps were purchased by a merchant, but never issued (making them even more unique - - - as you will receive both halves of the stamp!). You will receive ONE FULL prepaid sales tax stamp, (the left [vendor] half and right [customer] half).



STAMP COLORS: Green and Orange.

MEASUREMENT: 1 11/32" tall by 3" wide.

FORM PRINTED BY: Reserve Litho, Cleveland, Ohio.

PERFORATIONS: Yes. One row, running from top to bottom.

NUMBER OF RECEIPTS: Two. Both merchants and customers.

NUMBER OF YEARS OLD: At least 49 years old. Ohio terminated this form of sales tax collection in 1962.


TYPE OF ADHESIVE: Non-glued, non-adhesive.

TAXATION/REVENUE/OTHER STAMPS: Yes, prepaid sales tax.

FOLDS: None. Purchased by merchant but never used / circulated.

CORNERS: Excellent condition.

HOLES, TEARS, DAMAGE: Standard perforations.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: We were fortunate enough to purchase a large quantity of these stamps. There is a pleasant "perfume" type smell associated with the stamps. We have no idea why or how this aroma became associated with the stamps.

ABOUT THE ITEM: Although referred to as sales tax "stamps," these stamps had/have no adhesive on the back. Ohio issued their prepaid sales tax stamps in various colors based upon the denomination. Ohio issued these stamps in 12 denominations, being: 1¢, 2¢,3¢, 6¢, 9¢, 12¢, 15¢, 30¢, 60¢, $1.50, $3, and $15.

Ohio enacted its first sales tax in 1935. The rate was 3%; two-thirds of the tax was to go to schools.

Ohioans were resistant to the new tax. Merchants were reluctant to charge it, and customers were reluctant to pay it. There was a real possibility that a merchant would do his customer a favor by letting him make his purchase tax-free. If the merchant never reported the sale to the state, the state would never know that it should have gotten its 3%.

To enforce compliance, the State of Ohio introduced these stamps. Merchants were required to buy them in various denominations from the State of Ohio and required to issue them with each purchase. By purchasing the stamps from the state, the state would get the sales tax in advance, and the merchant would receive the "Prepaid Sales Tax" stamps to issue upon completing each sale.

Suppose a customer made a $10.00 purchase. The tax would be 3%, or 30¢, according to the printed charts that were posted near every cash register. The customer would pay $10.30 and receive a 30¢ prepaid sales tax receipt from the merchant. The state depended upon the customer to demand his [half] of the stamp. They were marked, "Always obtain from vendor . . . consumer's receipt on all taxable purchases." But why should the customer care whether the merchant was buying and distributing stamps? These little pieces of paper were just a nuisance.

To handle that problem, Ohio encouraged consumers to collect the stamps and give them to schools or charities. These organizations could then have their volunteers sort the stamps, count them, bundle them up, turn them in to the state, and collect three per cent of the face value. This added a little to the expense of collecting the tax, but it was worth it.

After being conditioned to pay sales tax for twenty-seven years, Ohio discontinued the stamp program in 1962. In 1967, Ohio's sales tax increased to 4%. (Credit to oocities.com)

DISCOUNTS: Due to the rarity and oddity of this taxation / revenue stamp, no discounts are being offered to museums, colleges, universities, or libraries wishing to expand their collections.

WARRANTY and/or RETURNS: This historical tax related item is subject to individual interpretation. We have made every effort to list the information and condition as accurately as possible and included sharp photographic images: Thus, no warranty or returns on this item.

HOW FAST IT'S GOING TO GET TO YOU: As soon as PayPal notifies us your payment has been posted, your item will be packaged, labeled, and readied for shipping. Shipping is usually the same day or next day. We don't like to wait on our items to be mailed - we're guessing you don't either.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: This item WILL SHIP INTERNATIONALLY.  We will complete the United States Custom's Form required to ship this item to your country - you are responsible for any import costs, taxes, duties, tariffs, or fees associated with the receiving country (i.e. your country). The United States Custom's Form requires you include a telephone number in your country where you can be reached if you are shipping this item to a post office box. This item will ship internationally by United States First Class International Mail.

Please be certain your country is one of the countries we ship to by using the pull down "Ships to" menu. If your country isn't listed, you will need to contact us to see if we can make arrangements. International shipping requires you pay with Pay-Pal. The U.S. Custom's Form will indicate the contents as being "Printed Material."

INSURABLE?: eBay’s policy changed in 3rd Quarter 2009, (which previously allowed buyers the option of selecting and paying for coverage for their purchases). Thus, this item is not insurable. We don't make eBay's policies, we simply have to try to keep up with them.

SHIPPING and HANDLING COST: There is no excessive "padding" with this item's S & H. It ships United States First Class mail to your address -or- United States First Class International Mail to your overseas address. Overseas addresses will incur an additional 50-cent handling charge for completing the required United States Custom's Form required to ship this item internationally. To reduce the cost of shipping, this item will be mailed in a Commercial #10 - and carded to minimize folding in transit.

SECURITY FEATURE: The photographs posted on eBay contain digital watermarks to reduce fraud. These watermarks are not on the actual item - only the photographs. In addition, the photographs may contain an inventory number to assist in locating the exact item in the inventory. All available photos have been posted with the listing.

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I DON'T LIKE THAT PRICE: Many times when we've "shopped on eBay" I've thought, Wow! If that item was only 'x-dollars' we'd buy it in an instant! So... If you don't like the price you see, contact us to see if we can barter a price that's more agreeable to you. The item listed here is intended to make a small profit for us and provide a historical opportunity and enjoyment to you.

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Item location: Dayton, Ohio, United States
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