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Study Shows Ohio's Tax Changes Benefit The Wealthy

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Statehouse Republicans have championed recent tax changes, including the elimination of income taxes for those making less than $21,750 a year.

However, a new report by a liberal-leaning think tank shows tax changes recently made by Ohio lawmakers will make the rich richer and will require lower middle class or poor Ohioans to possibly pay more.

The Research Director for Policy Matters, Zach Schiller, says the latest statewide tax reforms are continuing to shift tax burden from the wealthiest to the poorest Ohioans.

“People in the top 1% making more than $496,000 see an average tax cut whereas people, middle income people and low-income people, see not much change at all or a small increase," Schiller says.

Schiller says the report took into account increases in the gas tax, application of internet taxes and the changes in what’s known as the LLC loophole, a mechanism small businesses often use.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.