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Cities File Suit Against State Over Business Income Collections

December 15, 2017

Last month more than 100 Ohio cities filed a lawsuit against the state challenging portions of the municipal income tax changes included in the state budget bill.

The cities oppose new provisions that provide for the centralization of return filing and collection of municipal net profits taxes by the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Business interests, including manufacturers, successfully advocated for the change in the budget bill arguing that centralized filings would reduce burdens and costs for companies that file in multiple jurisdictions.

Ohio remains an outlier among states when it comes to local tax provisions and this change was seen as one area of improvement in the system. Cities argue that the Home Rule provisions of the Ohio Constitution prevent the state from taking on such authority. 12/14/2017

Ohio Manufacturers on what Tax Reform Means to their Businesses

December 15, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) asked a couple Ohio manufacturers why federal tax reform would help their businesses.

Tanya DiSalvo of Criterion Tool, a precision manufacturing facility for the medical device, aerospace and photonics industries with 43 employees in Brook Park, said that her company would “Reinvest, additional training, raise the level of our lowest team members to the next level and back-fill their positions,” when asked what she would do with money from tax reform.

Karl Reuther of Reuther Mold and Manufacturing Company in Cuyahoga Falls answered the same questions this way: “To compete globally, we need a huge investment in newer technology. The newer technology enhances our ability to compete, for our workers to retain their jobs and for us to attract new manufacturing workers.” Reuther Mold has 60 employees and produces tooling for the manufacturing of military and commercial jets and oil production.

Read more from their interviews here. 12/13/2017

Medical Device Excise Tax Kicks in 2018?

December 15, 2017

According to OMA Connections Partner, Plante Moran, an Affordable Care Act tax, absent action by Congress, is about to come back into effect after the expiration of a two-year moratorium.

Plante Moran wrote: “The medical device excise tax (MDET) was enacted as a part of the ACA and took effect in 2013, imposing a 2.3 percent excise tax that manufacturers and importers had to pay on the sales of certain medical devices. When Congress passed the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015,” legislators granted relief to the medical device industry by enacting a moratorium on the MDET for sales occurring between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017.”

Here’s more from Plante Moran. 12/13/2017

Manufacturers Urge Passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Act

December 8, 2017

The OMA joined the National Association of Manufacturers and a large number of other organizations wrote members of Congress to urge that they expedite passage of the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017” (H.R. 4318 and S. 2108) to temporarily eliminate out-of-date and distortive taxes on imported products not manufactured or available domestically.

“The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) plays an important role in the operations of domestic manufacturers as it corrects, on a temporary basis, historical distortions in the U.S. tariff code by eliminating border tariffs on imported products for which there is no or insufficient domestic production and availability. Such distortions undermine the competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States by imposing unnecessary costs and, in some cases, imposing a higher cost on manufacturers’ inputs than the competing foreign imported finished product,” wrote the organizations.  12/6/2017

Registration Open for Centralized Filing of Municipal Net Profit Tax Returns for 2018

December 1, 2017

OMA Connections Partner, GBQ Partners, posted this: “House Bill 49, Ohio’s budget bill for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, provides a new state-wide centralized filing and collection process for municipal net profit tax returns, beginning with tax year 2018.

“Under centralized collection, the Ohio Department of Taxation will be responsible for all administrative functions of municipal net profit tax returns filed, including assessments, audits and appeals. Municipalities will continue to administer personal income taxes and employer withholding.”

Here are highlights of the new system from GBQ. 11/20/2017

Manufacturers Applaud House Passage of Historic Tax Reform Bill

November 17, 2017

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) praised the passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives today.

In a news release, OMA president Eric Burkland said, “This is great news for Ohio’s manufacturing workers. The passage of this bill puts us on track for bold tax reform legislation that will empower manufacturers across Ohio and the U.S. Manufacturers large and small know this reform would mean more investment in America and more men and women making things in America.

“Ohio manufacturers are grateful to the members of the House who voted for tax reform. And when the Senate takes up its tax reform bill in the coming days, we urge Senators Brown and Portman to stand with manufacturers as well. The current tax system is hurting workers in Ohio. Our elected leaders need to seize this opportunity, get tax reform across the finish line, send it to President Donald Trump’s desk, and grow the American economy.”

Here are the members of Congress from Ohio who voted to improve the lives of manufacturing workers and all Americans: Steve Chabot (R-OH-01); Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02); Jim D. Jordan (R-OH-04); Robert E. Latta (R-OH-05); Bill Johnson (R-OH-06); Bob Gibbs (R-OH-07); Warren Davidson (R-OH-08); Michael R. Turner (R-OH-10); Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH-12); David Joyce (R-OH-14); Steve Stivers (R-OH-15); and Jim B. Renacci (R-OH-16). 11/16/2017

Comparing and Contrasting the House and Senate Tax Bills

November 17, 2017

According to OMA Connections Partner, Clark Schaefer Hackett, many of the House and Senate provisions of their tax reform packages are similar. For example, both plans would repeal the alternative minimum tax and retain the charitable contribution deduction. However, there are a number of key differences. Here’s a look at some of the most significant for individuals and businesses. 11/15/2017

Ohio Announces New Tax Amnesty Program

November 17, 2017

This week the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) announced that it will offer a limited-time tax amnesty program beginning January 1, 2018 and ending February 15.

The program is available to eligible taxpayers – both individuals and businesses – with unreported or under-reported tax debts. During the six week amnesty period, taxpayers who fully pay qualifying tax delinquencies will owe no penalties and only half of the interest normally charged.

To help Ohioans determine their eligibility and learn more about the Ohio Tax Amnesty, ODT is launching a statewide awareness campaign and has set up this website11/16/2017

Tax Dept. Accepts OMA Request to Improve Mfg. Sales/Use Exemption

November 10, 2017

This week the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) released its latest draft of the Manufacturing Sales and Use Exemption rule review.

Reacting to the previous draft, the OMA working group had advocated for removing this language (4th paragraph, division (B)(1)): “However, the maintain (sic) materials in the same state or form as they are received or measuring raw materials to verify quantities received, does not constitute commitment,” thus arguing for a complete definition of tax exempt materials committed to the manufacturing process.

Responding to the OMA’s comments, ODT agreed to remove the objectionable provision from the draft rule. Keeping that language out of the rule would be a major win for manufacturers. If you and/or your tax expert have comments on this latest draft, or the rule review in general, contact OMA’s Rob Brundrett. 11/9/2017

Subject Matter Experts Summarize House Tax Reform Bill

November 10, 2017

OMA Connections Partners, Clark Schaefer Hackett and GBQ Partners have taken a look at the version of the sweeping bill to reform the tax code that was released by the House Committee on Ways and Means on November 2, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1.

It has been described by the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee as a starting point for negotiations.

President Trump and GOP lawmakers would like to pass tax reform sooner rather than later. However, before that can happen, a bill would have to be voted on by the full House and the Senate, which is working on its own tax plan.

Here’s a brief rundown from Clark Schaefer Hackett of some of the individual and business provisions in the 429-page bill. Generally, the changes would go into effect after December 31, 2017, but there are exceptions.

Here is the GBQ summary of the bill.

And here is a full section-by-section summary of the bill as published by the House Committee on Ways and Means. 11/6/2017