Coronavirus In Ohio: Business Closures Take Bite Out Of Tax Revenues

Apr 8, 2020

The state is now starting to feel the financial effects of numerous restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Last month’s preliminary state revenue was down 10.5% from estimates, off by $159.4 million. Sales and use taxes missed projections by more than 8%, or $68 million. Personal income taxes were off by more than 5%, or $22.3 million.

Budget director Kimberly Murnieks said it’s only going to get worse, with the tax deadline moved from April 15 to July 15.

“April is typically our largest month for income tax collection and we expect to see a significant amount of money shifted out of April and into the future fiscal year," Murnieks said.

Murniecks said the state has a budget surplus of $90 million now, and spending cuts have been started.

She says using the $2.7 billion in the Rainy Day Fund is a last resort, though Gov. Mike DeWine has said it’s possible and lawmakers have taken the first step toward permitting that in a package of legislation passed last month.