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What They Are Saying About Local Tax Reform


"We applaud the governor for recognizing that Ohio's municipal income tax system is still a major deterrent to businesses seeking to invest here and for proposing common-sense changes that would further streamline this system and thereby improve our business tax climate."

Andrew E. Doehrel, President and CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce


"On behalf of our 24,000 members, The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) applauds the Kasich Administration's leadership in pursuing significant, common sense changes to Ohio's municipal income tax system through centralized tax filing and elimination of the local throwback rule. Allowing business owners to file their net profit tax returns and payments in one place and on one form vs. the current system of separate filings with potentially dozens - even hundreds - of separate jurisdictions will result in meaningful overhead savings. This change, combined with eliminating the costly throwback rule, will make Ohio an even more attractive state in which to operate a business. Another important proposed change will help Ohio be more competitive: shrinking the number of tax brackets from 9 to 5. Good tax policy dictates that the simpler and more predictable a tax, the easier it is for taxpayers to comply and for the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) to administer, and this change will help achieve that goal."

Gregory M. Saul, Director of Tax Policy, The Ohio Society of CPAs


"Ohio's municipal income tax is one of the most complex and administratively burdensome taxes in the entire nation. Proposals to simplify this entrapping byzantine maze--including moving toward a singular centralized collection process--are long overdue and represent very sound public policy. The Buckeye Institute heartily applauds Governor Kasich for advancing this much-needed and important reform for Ohio."

Greg R. Lawson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Buckeye Institute


"We appreciate the Governor and the Ohio Legislature working together to lessen the burden of tax filings for Ohio's small businesses. A simpler one return, one place to file policy for municipal tax filings is a response way to lessen state laws and regulations that prevent unnecessary time and costs for all involved in the process."

Jon Cross, Economic Development Director, Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Jesse Purcell, Chamber and Tourism Director, Hargin County Chamber and Business Alliance


"We welcome and support the Governor's proposal to centralize and simplify the municipal income tax system for businesses. It's a huge issue for many of our member companies who operate in numerous taxing jurisdictions around the state and have to sort out all of the different city rules and regulations when it comes to paying tax on business income. We encourage the members of the General Assembly to give this municipal tax reform their full support."

Roger R. Geiger, Vice President and Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses/oOhio


"House Bill 5 in the previous General Assembly was an effort to simplify Ohio's municipal taxes but fell considerably short of what was needed to provide meaningful relief to Ohio's employers. We support Governor Kasich's plan for a centralized collection of municipal taxes."

Micah Derry, Director, Americans For Prosperity-Ohio


"Ohio small businesses should appreciate Governor Kasich's effort to reduce the cost of doing business in Ohio by simplifying how companies file municipal income tax returns. Our members work all over Ohio and at the end of the year must file dozens of municipal income tax returns. This proposal is a win for cities and businesses because it saves both money without reducing tax collections in any local community. It is another example of putting technology to work for the benefit of taxpayers."

Bryan Williams, Director of Government Affairs, Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio


"We appreciate Gov. Kasich's efforts to make Ohio's tax system easier to use for Ohio businesses, and look forward to working with him on the passage of this important change to Ohio tax laws."

Chris Runyan, President, Ohio Contractors Association


"Governor Kasich's new tax plan helps consolidate the filing process for small businesses. This frees up business owners from burdensome regulation that might scare away innovation."

Rick Stockburger, Executive Director, Launch League


The Associated General Contractors of Ohio supports the Governor's Budget proposal to centralize the collection of business' net profits tax via the Ohio Business Gateway. Commercial builders are primarily small, closely held businesses that work across many municipal jurisdictions. They file taxes in anywhere from 15 to 75 different cities - each with their own forms, rules, procedures and appeals processes. The current system is extremely burdensome and expensive.

Andrea Ashley, VP of Government Relations, The Associated General Contractors of Ohio


Ohio has been aggressively pursuing reforms to its tax system to encourage economic growth and a productive environment for businesses. I'm glad to see the Governor is continuing to push for more reform, especially of the income tax system. Flatter is better and reducing the number of brackets moves the state in a positive direction. Improvements to the municipal tax system will also be a tremendous improvement in reducing complexity for business. States are competing hard to attract and retain business and I think this tax reform proposal is going to pay off with more jobs and growth for Ohio.

Travis Brown, Author, How Money Walks


"Reducing the number of tax brackets reduces unnecessary complexity in the tax code, and lowering the income tax rate can encourage economic growth. Kasich's proposal also broadens the sales tax base and raises the rate to offset his proposed income tax cuts. His proposal raises the sales tax from 5.75 percent to 6.25 percent while adding several services to the sales tax base. He includes services such as cable TV subscriptions, elective cosmetic surgery, lobbying fees, landscape designs, interior design and decorating, travel packages, and repossession services.

These changes are steps in the right direction. Properly structured sales tax systems, which should be aimed at taxing all consumption, would include services in the tax base. As state economies are comprised more of services than goods, less of the economy is taxed, favoring the service sector of the economy over the goods sector." Read more here.

Morgan Scarboro, Policy Analyst, Tax Foundation


"The governor's budget aggressively addresses the growth-impeding over-reliance on income taxation; adopting the Governor's revenue plan would increase the state's competitive position and with that, enhance income and jobs."

Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, Ohio University


Grover Norquist has stated that the Kasich tax reform plan is pledge compliant.

"The flagship project of Americans for Tax Reform is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written promise by legislators and candidates for office that commits them to oppose any effort to increase income taxes on individuals and businesses."

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform




Last Updated: February 6, 2017