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Court Upholds Constitutionality of Streamlined Muni Income Tax Collections

February 1, 2019

This week the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the municipal tax reform provisions of House Bill 49 and House Bill 5 are constitutional. The provisions had been challenged by more than 100 municipalities.

The legislation streamlined municipal income tax reporting and collections for businesses across the state. The OMA participated in a coalition that supported the changes.

It has yet to be determined if the municipalities will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Ohio. 1/31/2019

IRS Provides Final QBI Deduction Regs & Guidance

February 1, 2019

From OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett: “When President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, much was made of the dramatic cut in corporate tax rates. But the TCJA also includes a generous deduction for smaller businesses that operate as pass-through entities, with income that is “passed-through” to owners and taxed as individual income.

“The IRS issued proposed regulations for the qualified business income (QBI), or Section 199A, deduction in August 2018. Now, it has released final regulations and additional guidance, just before the first tax season in which taxpayers can claim the deduction. Among other things, the guidance provides clarity on who qualifies for the QBI deduction and how to calculate the deduction amount.”

Read more here. 1/30/2019

Withholding Taxes on Payments to Foreign Individuals

January 25, 2019

From OMA Connections Partner GBQ: “As many middle market businesses are forced to adapt to the increasing globalization of the marketplace, they are not always properly equipped to deal with the variety of regulatory and compliance-related issues they will face as their business crosses borders. One prevalent issue is the withholding tax requirement imposed by the U.S. on payments to foreign persons. Two common payment types are payments to foreign individuals for personal services, which include:

  • Payments to foreign individuals as independent contractors
  • Wages paid to nonresident aliens as employees

“The company making these payments is considered the “withholding agent” and is required to withhold taxes on these amounts and remit the tax to the IRS, similar to the way that taxes are withheld on a U.S. employee’s W-2 wages.”

More from GBQ here. 1/22/2019

Former State Rep. McClain Appointed Ohio Tax Commissioner

January 11, 2019

Just after the new year, Governor-elect Mike DeWine appointed former State Representative Jeff McClain as the next Ohio Department of Taxation Commissioner.

Most recently, McClain had been serving as director of tax and economic policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He served in the state legislature for nearly eight years and was the long-serving Wyandot County auditor for 26 years.

While in the legislature McClain chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee which oversaw tax policy and legislation in that chamber.

The OMA has worked closely with McClain both as a state representative and in his most current role. We are excited to continue our working relationship as he takes over the Department of Taxation. Congratulations to Jeff and best of luck. 1/10/2019

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts 2018 Filing Season

January 11, 2019

Even before the federal government shut-down, there was plenty of complexity going into the 2018 tax-filing season. Here’s food-for-thought from OMA Connections Partner RSM:

“The one-year anniversary of the signing of sweeping tax law changes under the law commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brings a new challenge, the need for taxpayers, practitioners, and the IRS to implement the most significant changes in over 30 years as they prepare their tax filings. While few would suggest filing taxes as one of their favorite activities, unfortunately, based on a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the 2019 filing season will likely present additional headaches. Based on the report by TIGTA, the IRS has fallen behind on necessary forms, procedures, and guidance for taxpayers to file their 2018 taxes. The delays in IRS readiness and the complexity of the tax law changes will create challenges for taxpayers and their advisors. At a minimum, taxpayers should be prepared to extend and file their returns later in the year, even if they have previously filed by the March or April 15 deadlines. Taxpayers should consult their tax adviser and make a plan to address the appropriate timing and additional steps necessary to file their 2018 returns.”

Here’s more from RSM. 1/7/2019

“Live Telephone Assistance is Not Available at This Time”

January 11, 2019

Here’s a short summary from OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett (CSH) about tax filing concerns given the federal government shutdown.

According to CSH, regardless of how IRS operations proceed, taxpayers still need to comply with the filing deadlines. Individual taxpayers in every state but Maine and Massachusetts must file by April 15, 2019. 1/10/2019