Ohio Advertising Tax Hearings This Week

We have learned that the Ways and Means Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives will hold hearings this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) on Governor John Kasich’s tax reform proposal which would impose the sales tax on advertising and a broad range of other business services. The bill is HB 59. A schedule of committee hearings for this week can be found here.

The Ways and Means Committee will issue a report in several weeks to the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, which has ultimate jurisdiction over the Governor’s budget package. The goal of the Finance Committee is to vote on that package during the first week of April, with a vote in the full House during the following week.
 
ANA is working with our members, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and other allied groups to defeat this bill. We will be submitting testimony to the Committees opposing a new tax on advertising. We urge ANA members to contact the Committees to express your company’s opposition. Contact information for the Ways and Means Committee is available here and the Finance Committee is available here. We have prepared some talking points you may want to use in your contacts with the legislators.

This will be the first of several hearings on the Governor’s tax plan. It is critical that there is a strong expression of opposition from across the business community.  
 
If you have any questions or information about the tax proposal in Ohio or any other state, please contact Keith Scarborough (kscarborough@ana.net) or Dan Jaffe (djaffe@ana.net) in ANA’s Washington, DC office at (202) 296-1883.