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Columbus Ticket Taxes Take Effect

Jul 3, 2019
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The new ticket tax in Columbus went into effect this week. 

The 5% tax will apply to some sporting events and arts venues, and is expected to raise some $6 million a year for the Greater Columbus Arts Council to funds arts in the city. 

But the tax is not without its challengers. A petition is circulating to remove the tax via ballot issue and would also prevent any similar tax in the future. 

Today on All Sides, the ticket tax and what to expect moving forward. 

Politics with Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Dec 21, 2017
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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives gave final to the unified GOP tax reform bill, a legislative victory for Republican leadership and the Trump Administration.

Congress still has its work cut out for it before the Christmas holiday with a deadline to extend federal funding and avoid a partial government shutdown looming at the end of Friday.

We take a look at these issues and more with the Political Junkie, Ken Rudin. 

Updated at 4:12 p.m. ET

The Trump administration Wednesday put forth a proposal that it labeled a "massive" tax overhaul, which would give big tax cuts to individuals and corporations and reduce the number of tax brackets and deductions.

Updated 9:45 a.m. ET

The White House is banging the drums that President Trump is doing something big again ahead of his 100th day in office — unveiling a tax "plan."

"This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country," Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at a panel Wednesday morning.

Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) speaking at the Ohio Statehouse
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Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say they plan to fight the tax changes outlined in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has acknowledged in a tax filing that it violated the ban against "self-dealing," or using its assets to help its leader's business or personal interests, The Washington Post reported.

Donald Trump has proposed a very detailed tax plan — but his statements on the campaign trail don't always match what his proposal would really do.

For instance, at a rally in Scranton, Pa., Trump promised to "massively cut taxes for the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country." During a town hall meeting on NBC's Today show, he said he believes in raising taxes on the wealthy.

A group studying Ohio's oil-and-gas severance tax will miss a state budget-imposed deadline for releasing its report even after the state Senate president initially called it a "hard deadline" and told reporters it was likely coming this week.

Ohio Senate spokesman John Fortney said Thursday that work continues on the report and the group is making progress. He didn't know when a report would come, but cited a desire to "get this right."

You might see more cars in mall parking lots this weekend. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains one reason why.

School Leaders Fear More Cuts In Senate Education Plan

Jun 11, 2015
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School districts that have relied on a tax on equipment purchased by local businesses want the Ohio Senate to add more money to its school funding plan to compensate for their expected losses. School officials say, without more state funds, local taxpayers will see tax hikes.

Majority of Ohio Taxpayers File Electronically

Apr 15, 2010

The pressure is on central Ohio residents who waited until the last minute to file income taxes.

A number of area post offices will be open late Thursday for those running late.

State tax officials say the majority of Ohio taxpayers will file on something other than paper. But John Kohlstrand notes, while electronic filing is a requirement in some states, Ohio prefers more of a carrot than stick approach.

Every two years, the Ohio Department of Taxation is required to compile a list of all the tax breaks, tax exemptions, and tax credits the state hands out - to businesses and families alike.

The agency has just come out with its latest list, and Ohio legislators are debating whether to do anything with it.

Some suggest - a few of the tax breaks could be wiped out, so the government would have more money and would NOT have to cut programs so much during the current budget crisis. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Ohio Grocery Tax

Sep 2, 2008

An appeals court in Ohio says a state tax levied on grocery store sales is unconstitutional.

The 10th District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that taxes on grocery store sales violate a state constitutional prohibition on taxes on food that's not eaten where it's sold.

The Commercial Activities Tax went into effect in 2005 as part of a comprehensive tax overhaul package that also included reductions in personal income taxes. The tax on grocers amounted to 26 cents per $100 in sales over $1 million.