State of Ohio
Is the State of Ohio a Business Friendly State?
Tax changes after December 31, 2002
Accelerated Sales-Tax Payments for all Ohio
Businesses (weekly instead of monthly) who exceed
a certain tax-liability threshold for all tax-periods
after March 31, 2003. All payments must me made
only via Electronic-Funds-Transfer to the State of Ohio.
Twenty Percent increase in the State Sales-Tax Rate
effective July 1, 2003.
A two-cent INCREASE in the State Gasoline-Tax
effective July 1, 2003.
Sales-Tax added to many services (at the higher rate)
effective August 1, 2003.
Sales-Tax added to SHIPPING COST within Ohio
for all taxable sales effective August 1, 2003.
An INCREASE of $12.00 for every Ohio Drivers License
or License-Plate/Renewal effective October 1, 2003.
151 FEE's INCREASED yielding a 100 Percent
increase in State Revenues effective October 1, 2003.
A six month delay was enacted June 12, 2003 to delay
until January 1, 2004 a requirement for a Ohio Business
to charge the Sales-Tax Rate of the County of DESTINATION
for all taxable sales shipped/delivered to Ohio consumers effective
July 1, 2003. There is already legislation passed by the Ohio
General Assembly (HB127) to delay this an additional year,
but still has not been signed by the Governor. Also, this action
is still going to negatively impact Ohio businesses/consumers
(against all of the Ohio Guiding Principles for the development
of a Quality Tax System) if the Ohio Legislators do not re-think
what they are doing with Ohio's involvement in the MTC
(Multistate Tax Commission) and how it will directly affect the
economic activity within Ohio (Ohio to Ohio transactions).
State ISSUE-1 (2003), Third Frontier (if it had passed) would have had
a NEGATIVE EFFECT on Ohio's RATING since it would have widened
the GAP in TAX-NEUTRALITY (and/or State Government involvement in
Private Business), as well as, tilted further the "level-playing-
field" in favor of a few, while forcing the perceived tax revenue needs
to be kept artificially higher for the majority. It (Issue-1) was just a
fancy "GIMMICK" to extend Ohio's Economic Development to a new
higher level. Yet, there is no proof that Ohio has actually created more
Ohio jobs (through Tax-Abatement for a few), then what it could have
saved and/or created if the overall tax rates were substantially
reduced for all (which would have improved substantially Ohio's
overall business climate and competitiveness nationally).
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Why am I listing all of the above 2003 tax changes ?
(It's too easy to forget when things occurred)
The State of Ohio Business Tax Climate Index was reported
by the Tax Foundation to be rated at #47 based on the tax policies
and rates effective December 31, 2002. It based that position on
Ohio having a 5 percent Sales-Tax Rate (not the current State Tax
Rate of 6 percent). That position was also established without including
any of the "Piggy-Back Sales-Taxes" imposed by County and/or Regional
Transit Authorities, which would have even made Ohio even less
competitive when compared to other States. REPORT
I wonder what rating Ohio will receive (based on all of the 2003 Tax
additions above) for the next SBTCI Annual Report by the Tax Foundation
based on the Tax-Code in place effective December 31, 2003 ??
The State of Ohio NEEDS TO RE-THINK IT's ENTIRE TAX SYSTEM - NOW !
HAS YOUR OHIO LEGISLATOR BEEN PUTTING OHIO IN THE
RIGHT DIRECTION ?? YOU NEED TO ASK THEM !
MAJOR TAX-REFORM IS WAY OVERDUE
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