The Buckeye Institute: Continuing Ohio’s Unconstitutional Local Income Tax Structure is Shortsighted

Sep 10, 2020

Columbus, OH – Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, issued the following statement on the Greater Ohio Policy Center’s recent report supporting the continuation of Ohio’s unconstitutional tax structure.

“Ohio law permits workers to be taxed based upon where they live and where they actually perform work, under the rationale that the workers are using city resources—police, fire, and other public services—when they are at work. Ohio law does not allow cities—which, according to the report, get nearly 70 percent of their taxes from people who have no say in the city government—to take income taxes from workers based upon ‘let’s pretend’ you performed work in a different city than you actually did.

“The unconstitutional system in question here is not only unfair to workers, it is unfair to the municipalities that are actually providing public services and are losing out on the tax revenues they are entitled to.”

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