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Ohio House member complains about state income tax system
Lawmakers try again to get municipal tax code reform passed

Karen Kasler
Ohio Rep. Cheryl Grossman
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With taxes top of mind today, two Republican state lawmakers say they want to make changes in the tax code used in Ohio’s cities.

Rep. Cheryl Grossman of Grove City in suburban Columbus says Ohio is one of only 10 states where municipalities impose an income tax. She says Ohio has the most complicated municipal income tax system in the country.

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She says the goal is uniformity, "the deadlines, the penalties — things in that regard so that businesses aren't filling out 30 or 40 different forms on an annual basis. We want to make it simple. We want to be business friendly.”

Ohio cities and villages are allowed to create their own definitions of what is taxable and to create their own forms, and Grossman says that means some 300 forms are used by municipalities around the state.

The bill has support from government and business groups, but it failed in the last session of the General Assembly.

Grossman is hoping some changes will help it get passed this time around.

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