Ohio bill aims to simplify income-tax collections

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal aimed at simplifying local income-tax collections around Ohio isn't sitting well with some officials who believe it would add to financial strains faced by cities and villages.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/V5DHck ) reports the nearly 600 municipalities in Ohio use more than 300 forms to collect local income taxes, making it more complicated and costly for some business owners. It's the only state where each entity can set its own rules and definition of income.

Republican Reps. Cheryl Grossman of Grove City and Michael Henne of Clayton have introduced a bill to help create uniformity in local income-tax collections. It would provide standardized business-tax regulations while allowing municipalities to continue setting their own tax rates.

But Columbus tax administrator Melinda Frank says it could hurt city revenue.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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