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Study Says Ohio Needs to Reinstate Corporate Income Tax

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Ohio's tax on corporate profits was repealed in 2005. It is one of only six state without such a tax, which a study says should be reinstated.

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 corporations are seeing huge profits. The state’s corporate profits income tax was repealed in 2005 to make Ohio more competitive for business development and retention but Schiller says a new report shows it hasn’t worked out that way. (see the full report below)

“We haven’t seen our incomes improve relative to the country. We haven’t seen our jobs improve relative to the country. If those kinds of tax cuts were effective, we would know it by now," Schiller says.

One estimate shows an 8.5% tax could provide nearly $500 million a year in revenue. Schiller says that money could be used to help many Ohioans right now as the state battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think the uncertain revenue situation we are in now, the kinds of investments that we much need to make and the hurt that so many Ohioans are now experiencing all suggest that this is the time to bring it back," Schiller said.

Many Republican lawmakers have said they want to cut taxes even more, though they’ve also expressed concern about the damage from the pandemic done to small businesses that were closed while big retailers stayed open.

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Jo Ingles
Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.