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Ohio Senate: Reform Ohio's municipal tax policies

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REFORM OHIO'S MUNICIPAL TAX POLICIES

Dear [Decision Maker],

Earlier this month Gov. John Kasich unveiled his Fiscal Years '18-'19 Ohio budget. In an ongoing effort to reform the state's tax policies and make Ohio a more attractive place to do business the Governor has proposed a positive change to our municipal income tax collection system. Currently, REALTORS must file municipal income taxes based upon where the property sold is located. REALTORS must file multiple returns for each taxing jurisdiction in which they successfully complete a sale.

Changes adopted by the House have reduced the effectiveness of this plan. We urge the Senate to support the "opt-in" proposal from the Ohio Department of Taxation. This plan gives businesses the right to choose whether to participate in the Business Gateway filing system or file locally with their municipal tax departments. Allowing those who file with only one or two municipalities to continue receiving local service, while multi filers may file through the Ohio Business Gateway.

By moving to a method of single filing, business costs for REALTORS will be significantly reduced while still allowing cities to collect taxes vital to their existence.

I encourage you to adopt meaningful change in simplifying what is a cumbersome system of local taxation.

Most sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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Ohio Association of REALTORS, 200 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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