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Ohio Government Highly Dependent on Federal Funds

February 21, 2020

All 50 state governments receive large amounts of financial assistance from Washington. A new comparison by the Tax Foundation shows that the states most dependent on federal funds as of FY 2017 were Montana (46.1% of total the state’s general revenue), Wyoming (44.5%), and Louisiana (43.7%).

Ohio made the top 20 list of dependent states, with nearly 34% of its total revenue from the federal government — although four of Ohio’s five neighboring states were even more dependent on D.C. dollars. 2/17/2020

OMA Tax Committee Meets Next Week, Feb. 19

February 14, 2020

An efficient, competitive tax system is one of the OMA’s top policy goals. With that in mind, the OMA Tax Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. in Columbus for its first meeting of 2020. Participants will receive updates and analysis of tax-related activity, including legislation in the General Assembly such as House Bill 440, an OMA-supported bill to provide tax relief to manufacturers. Register today. 2/11/2020

Business Tax Limits Have Increased for 2020

February 14, 2020

An array of tax-related limits that affect businesses are annually indexed for inflation — and many have increased for 2020. OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett has compiled this list of some of the indexed provisions that may be important to your business. 2/12/2020

Tackling B2B Payment Fraud

February 14, 2020

Payment fraud in business-to-business financial transactions is a growing problem. So that your business can better understand the risks — and take action to manage and mitigate those risks — OMA Connections Partner Huntington National Bank has published this guide. 2/11/2020

Cyber Insurance: Are You Covered?

February 14, 2020

More than two-thirds of businesses have had at least one cyberattack in the last two years, with half of those attacks targeted at small businesses. OMA Connections Partner Roetzel has posted this guidance on how to determine if your business has the correct type and amount of cyber insurance. 2/10/2020

Guidance on Final Regs for Opportunity Zones

February 14, 2020

Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department issued the last and final set of regulations relating to Opportunity Zones. This brings closure to almost two years of uncertainty with respect to certain provisions. OMA Connections Partner GBQ has shared this article, which summarizes the main takeaways from the final regulations, most of which are favorable to taxpayers.

Members may also be interested in this free webinar on Feb. 25, hosted by OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen to review the final regulations on Opportunity Zones. 2/12/2020

Comparison Shows Ohio is Among the Best States for Corporate Taxpayers

February 7, 2020

A new map by the Tax Foundation illustrates Ohio’s competitiveness by comparing the combined federal and state corporate tax rates of all 50 states. Only six states — Ohio, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming — have no state corporate income tax. Corporations in these states are liable for only the federal tax rate of 21% (reduced from 35% by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act).

Fifteen years ago, the OMA helped lead the repeal of Ohio’s antiquated corporate franchise tax and tangible personal property tax. They were replaced with the manufacturing-friendly Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) — a gross receipts tax that imposes a single low rate of 0.26% on in-state sales, while out-of-state sales are exempt. 2/5/2020

Manufacturers’ Tax Relief Bill Gets First Hearing

January 31, 2020

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Reps. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) provided sponsor testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee during the first hearing for House Bill 440. The legislation would exempt temporary manufacturing labor from Ohio’s sales and use tax. The bill would also expand the manufacturing sales-and-use tax exemption to include janitorial services and supplies used to clean machinery.

The OMA, which worked to get bipartisan leadership to introduce HB 440, has long advocated for both of these changes to the tax code. The OMA Tax Committee has highlighted the issues as major hurdles for manufacturers.

Manufacturers who are interested in this topic or would like to provide support for HB 440 should contact Rob Brundrett, as well as attend the Feb. 19 OMA Tax Committee meeting. 1/30/2020

2020 Tax Calendar Deadlines

January 24, 2020

To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2020 deadlines, OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett has provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due. 1/23/2020

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credit for Fuel Used in Off-Road Equipment

January 24, 2020

OMA Connections Partner Schneider Downs reports that the IRS has provided guidance on requesting refunds for the Alternative Fuel Credit (more commonly known as Propane Tax Credit and Compressed Natural Gas Tax Credit) for tax years 2018 and 2019. This credit was retroactively reinstated by the federal spending bill enacted in late 2019.

The credit enables taxpayers who use propane or liquefied petroleum gas for off-highway business use in equipment like forklifts, or compressed natural gas in vehicles, to receive a 50-cent per-gallon credit. There is a limited time to claim this credit for 2018 and 2019. For questions, contact Schneider Downs. 1/22/2020