Cities File Suit Against State Over Business Income Collections


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