Municipal Tax Reform

Finally! Municipal tax reform brings simpler compliance!

OSCPA’s top legislative priority for years has been achieving meaningful reforms to Ohio’s municipal tax structure—the most complicated in the nation. In 2017, OSCPA worked with Ohio leaders and the Municipal Tax Reform Coalition to pass additional, pro-business reforms that reduce costs and red tape, making it easier for taxpayers to comply with filing requirements.

Ohio Tax Reform
New for 2018! Business taxpayers who file net profits returns in more than one municipality can opt in to file one central return through the Ohio Business Gateway for 2018 filings, and make estimated quarterly payments through OBG beginning this year.

Read more about the changes enacted in Ohio’s budget bill 

These are the latest in a series of fixes driven by CPAs and Ohio leaders to improve Ohio’s tax climate. The first major reform in decades was signed into law in 2014. Read about House Bill 5

Centralized Filing FAQ

Latest news on municipal income tax reform:

  • Oct 11, 2018

    Muni tax policy’s day in court is Oct. 17

    Ohio’s 10th District Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments next week in appeals filed by cities looking to block centralized collection of municipal net profits taxes.
  • Aug 30, 2018

    Reminder: Next muni tax deadline is Sept. 4

    Ohio businesses with a taxable year that begins on July 1 and want to file their 2019 municipal net profit tax return with the Ohio Department of Taxation must register by midnight, Sept. 4.
  • Jun 07, 2018

    OSCPA joins court brief to defend recent muni tax victories

    As two cases wind their way through the 10th District Court of Appeals, The Ohio Society of CPAs recently joined other business groups in filing an amicus brief explaining the need for the centralized collection and administration of the municipal net profits tax.
  • Mar 08, 2018

    Centralized filing registrations gain momentum as March begins

    A flurry of registrations last week raised the number of businesses opting in to centralized filing of municipal net profits taxes to more than 2,000 – and still counting.
  • Mar 02, 2018

    Centralized filing registration continues

    The deadline has passed for businesses with a calendar year-end to opt in for centralized filing of municipal net profits taxes for the 2018 tax year. However, it continues for future years, as well as for businesses with other fiscal years.

Centralized filing: open for business!

Taxpayers must register by the first day of the third month of their fiscal year.

Opt in Deadlines

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Register today!

Frequently Asked Questions

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