Lawsuits Challenge Cities’ Taxation of Remote Workers

Last week, two lawsuits were filed in Ohio courts arguing that it’s unconstitutional for cities to tax the income of workers who don’t live in those cities and have been remotely working during the pandemic. According to Hannah News Service, the lawsuits were filed by conservative think tank The Buckeye Institute.

Under current law (House Bill 197), employers can continue to withhold employee income taxes from their main place of business while the COVID-19 state of emergency continues. An OMA working group was heavily involved in crafting HB 197 last spring in an effort to reduce the administrative burden placed on employers. 2/15/2021