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Economic Barometer: U.S. Manufacturing Index Shows Continued Contraction

August 4, 2023
  • The U.S. Manufacturing Outlook Index published by OMA Connections Partner RSM has registered its 15th consecutive month of negative values, but recovery is expected soon, experts say.
  • Unlike manufacturing, services have been in and out of contraction, but mostly positive, with prices increasing for several consecutive months.
  • U.S. consumers are depleting their excess savings and that could hamper the economy’s ability to achieve a soft landing, according to Federal Reserve economists.

Meanwhile, ratings agency Fitch this week downgraded the U.S. government’s long-term credit rating, but most economists say they don’t have immediate concerns. These charts give an overview of the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges. 8/3/2023

RSM: Interest Rate Hike Unlikely in September

August 4, 2023

OMA Connections Partner RSM does not expect another interest rate increase in September as the Fed begins to pivot from solely focusing on its price stability mandate to beginning to balance that with its other mandate — full employment. Read RSM’s insight. 8/1/2023

Webinar: Strategies for Finance Digitalization

August 4, 2023

On Thursday, Aug. 10, OMA Connections Partner Plante Moran will host a webinar to spotlight how digital transformation can increase business efficiencies and profitability. This event will showcase best practices while helping participants break down the finance digitalization journey into actionable steps. Register now. 7/31/2023

Several Ohio Counties Finalizing Tax Valuation Changes

August 4, 2023

Ohio requires counties to reappraise real property tax values every six years. In the interim, counties are required to update values. OMA Connections Partner Vorys reports that for tax year 2023, 28 counties are required to conduct a full reappraisal and another 13 counties must update values. See the list of counties. 8/1/2023

U.S. GDP Growth Beats Estimates for Q2

July 28, 2023

Nationwide, real GDP grew 2.4% at the annual rate in Q2 2023, building on the 2% growth rate of Q1, according to federal data. This as business investment on productivity-enhancing equipment continues to be one of the brightest spots across the U.S. economy, according to RSM, an OMA Connections Partner.

Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, published this GDP graph, noting “the U.S. economy continues to show signs of resilience despite ongoing challenges and worries about the outlook.” 7/27/2023

Appealing a Property Tax Assessment

July 28, 2023

Nationwide, property taxes comprise nearly 40% of all state and local taxes paid by businesses, the most of any category of tax. OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen has published two-part guidance for businesses appealing a property tax assessment. Read it here and here. 7/24/2023

At a Glance: State-Local Sales Tax Burden

July 21, 2023

A mid-year comparison by the Tax Foundation shows Ohio’s average combined state-and-local sales tax rate of 7.24% is 20th highest in the U.S., higher than neighboring states. Ohio’s position is unchanged from 2022. Ohio’s state sales tax rate is 5.75% (27th highest), while its average local sales tax rate is 1.49%. 7/18/2023

Analysis: Tax Changes Under Ohio’s New Budget

July 21, 2023

Earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine signed Ohio’s FY 2024-25 biennial budget, which includes several significant tax provisions impacting individuals and businesses. OMA Connections Partner Thompson Hine has published this summary of the changes made to the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) and the personal income tax, noting that “some of the reforms may stir debate on future funding of government services.” 7/18/2023

Analysis: Development Incentives in Ohio’s Budget

July 21, 2023

OMA Connections Partner Vorys has published this roundup of the economic development incentives included in Ohio’s new two-year budget. It includes summaries of the All Ohio Future Fund, broadband programs, and the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program. 7/19/2023

A Closer Look: Inflation Reduction Act’s Tax Credits

July 21, 2023

OMA Connections Partner Plante Moran has published this update regarding the federal Inflation Reduction Act’s incentives to boost clean and renewable energy production. The firm details some of the law’s key provisions, including tax credits for manufacturers. 7/18/2023