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Municipal tax reform benefits Ohio commerce

2/28/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

Guest Editorial

As we enter tax season, it quickly becomes apparent that filing taxes can be confusing and complicated.

One tax that many small businesses deal with in great detail is the income tax. Trucking companies, contractors and many other businesses work with the municipal tax on a regular basis, and it’s these types of businesses that could benefit from a bill that would simplify this tax system.

Municipal tax reform is the subject of House Bill 5. It is sponsored by fellow Ohio House legislators Cheryl Grossman and Michael Henne. As a small-business owner in Summit County, I have a true understanding of how this tax reform bill will improve the business climate in our state.

This important bill seeks to uniform the municipal income tax system and to make sure that it is as fair as possible. It’s a necessary measure considering there are more than 600 taxing municipalities in Ohio alone. For businesses that have employees who travel to multiple cities as part of the job description, figuring out various rules for every city or village can be time-consuming and complex. These create challenges for businesses that can ultimately impact business expansion and job creation. We must make certain we recognize and eliminate these burdens, as those are the utmost important parts in propelling job creation in Ohio.

I believe this law will not only benefit our small businesses, but also the state itself. Ohio would be much more competitive in regards to investment and jobs, thus making us an attractive option for commerce. Although companies will not be paying less in taxes with this legislation, they can save on their compliance costs, allowing them to have more capital and more time to focus on growth.

Healthier business leads to a stronger economy, which is my goal as representative of the 36th House District. Simplifying the current municipal tax structure would help to achieve just that.

 

State Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-District 36), who is a Green resident, may be reached by calling 614-466-1790, emailing Rep36@ohiohouse.gov or writing to: state Rep. Anthony DeVitis, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215. District 36 includes the city of Green and Coventry and Springfield townships.

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