MOUNT VERNON — Ohio’s Municipal League and sponsors of Ohio House Bill 5 agree that towns and businesses can benefit from uniformity in municipal income tax administration, but are no closer to agreement on how to achieve uniformity than they were two years ago. Proponents are pushing for passage of the controversial legislation, and opponents are pushing back.
State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Michael Henne (R-Clayton) introduced HB5. In February they testified before the House Ways and Means Committee that it is a workable compromise and addresses concerns of businesses and municipalities alike. Many municipalities take exception to that assertion.
All parties support standardized forms and paperwork and agree on common statewide filing schedules and other reforms to reduce compliance costs associated with municipal income taxes. But HB5 also ventures into murkier aspects of taxation. There is disagreement on the financial effect it would have, and on how much clout a new Municipal Tax Policy Board should have. In short, contentious issues cast a heavy shadow over what common ground exists.
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