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Ohio cities face ‘snowballing effect’ with growing trend to work from home

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group representing cities across Ohio is calling on state legislators to take a close look at the struggles municipalities face now that more people work from home. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that, at the end of 2021, 11.1% of employees continued to… Read More

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School leaders say a bill to change the property tax appeal process could hurt most Ohio taxpayers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) a bill that would limit the role of school districts and cities in the property tax challenge process. School districts contend if those changes are signed into law, the result will be tax shifting that will hurt the majority of… Read More

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Back to the drawing board for a bill to reform the property tax challenge process in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s not often you get unanimous agreement from all of the members of the Ohio House. But that’s exactly what happened Wednesday when the House unanimously rejected changes the Senate made to a bill that reforms the process for challenging property tax values. Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), the… Read More

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The expanded child tax credit briefly slashed child poverty. Here’s what else it did

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Blink and you could have missed it. For six months, the United States experimented with an idea that’s new here but is already a backstitch in the social fabric of many wealthy nations: a monthly cash payment to help families cover the costs of raising children. Less than a year in,… Read More

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Ohio Senate passes a bill to change the process for challenging local property tax assessments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would limit the way local governments contest property values when assessing taxes. Republican Sen. Lou Blessing III (R-Colerain Township) describes it as “a bill that brings balance to the property valuation complaint and challenge process.” He said the current system hurts businesses and… Read More

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Does the IRS really want to spy on your bank account? The latest tax fight, explained

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A new fight is brewing over taxes. The Biden administration wants to require banks to provide the Internal Revenue Service with information about how much money flows in and out of individual accounts each year. It’s part of a plan to catch people who might be cheating on their taxes and… Read More

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Sales Taxes Up, Overall Ohio Revenues Are Down – But That Could Flip Next Month

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s sales tax revenues were up for the last month, but income tax collections were way down. The state’s Office of Budget and Management says overall, revenues were nearly 13% off forecasts. Sales taxes were up by nearly 23% – and with car sales going briskly, auto sales taxes were up… Read More

Study Says Ohio Needs To Reinstate Corporate Income Tax

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t have an income tax on corporate profits. A liberal leaning think tank that studies public policy says that needs to change. Zach Schiller, Policy Matters Ohio research director, says while the pandemic has hurt many small businesses, big… Read More

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Ohio Tax Collections Up, But So Are Medicaid Caseloads

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After three months of declines, Ohio took in 8 percent more in taxes than the Office of Budget and Management estimated, though much of that is connected to the delay of the tax deadline to July 15. But there was a different kind of growth in the state’s July report that could… Read More

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Plan to Make it Harder to Hike State Income Tax Could Go to Voters

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Among the possible questions voters might face on the ballot this fall is whether they want to make it harder to raise the state income tax, by requiring approval from a supermajority of state lawmakers. Seven states have passed this idea, which is embraced by half the Republicans in the state Senate – a constitutional… Read More

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West Virginia Republicans Move Forward on Tax Overhaul

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Republicans are moving forward on a sweeping tax overhaul that could slash county government budgets, though it appears likely Democrats may derail the plan. The Senate voted 17-16 Monday to to pass a GOP proposal to cut taxes on manufacturers and personal vehicles while raising sales taxes and taxes… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine, in a sit-down interview at the Governor's Residence.

DeWine, Lawmakers had Smooth First Year, but Disagreed Over Taxes in Budget

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In his first year as governor, Mike DeWine seemed to get along well with state lawmakers – including those who’d had a fractured relationship with his predecessor, John Kasich. But there were some disagreements. (NOTE: The full interview with Gov. Mike DeWine will air on “The State of Ohio” this weekend. Watch it at the link posted here.)… Read More

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Ohio House Votes to Repeal State Sales Tax on Tampons

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A proposal repealing Ohio’s sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products has cleared the Ohio House. Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani, of Miamisburg, calls Thursday’s unanimous vote “a victory for all women in Ohio.” Antani and Democratic state Rep. Brigid Kelly, of Cincinnati, co-sponsored legislation repealing the so-called “pink… Read More

New Study Shows Changes In Ohio’s Tax Policy Benefits The Wealthiest Even More Than Before

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Statehouse Republicans have championed recent tax changes, including the elimination of income taxes for those making less than $21,750 a year. But a new report by a liberal leaning think tank shows tax changes recently made by Ohio lawmakers will make the rich richer and will require lower middle class or poor Ohioans to possibly… Read More

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Report: WV Governor’s Companies Owe $2M Virginia Tax Debt

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Records show West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia. WDBJ-TV reports Wednesday that companies owned by the Republican governor owe $1.9 million in taxes to several counties in Virginia. Justice lists more than 100 businesses in his most recent financial statement, including coal,… Read More

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Ohio Ditches Sales Tax for Glasses and Contact Lenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses purchased in Ohio are no longer subject to state sales taxes. The Dayton Daily News reports the change went into effect Monday. Hearing aids, prescription drugs and other medical devices already were exempt. The Ohio Optometric Association supports the change, saying a sales tax can be… Read More

Senate Budget Keeps Tax Credits While Cutting Income Taxes

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Ohio Senate Republicans made sweeping changes to the House version of the state budget, including larger tax cuts and restored tax breaks. The Senate budget revives the small business income tax deduction on the first $250,000 earned. The House lowered that to the first $100,000. It also brings back the film tax credit and diverts $125 million from school wraparound services to school choice vouchers. When rolling out his budget… Read More

DeWine Urges Lawmakers To Restore Small Business Tax Deduction To $250,000

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants lawmakers to erase a change made to a small business tax deduction. It allows many sole proprietorships, partnerships and other small operations to take the first quarter million dollars of their income tax free.  DeWine spoke about it before the National Federation of Independent Business Ohio. The budget approved… Read More

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Business Groups Blast Change In House Budget As Tax Increase

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Business groups are blasting the House version of the budget for a change it makes to a controversial tax deduction – the one that allows many small businesses to take the first quarter million dollars of their income tax free. The change would drop that income threshold to $100,000. Tony Long at the Ohio Chamber… Read More