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Ohio Mayors Concerned Tax Rebates For Remote Workers Could Impact Abatement Deals

Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Associated Press

Mayors of some Ohio cities are concerned past and future tax abatements might be affected by a bill under consideration that would allow employees to receive refunds on income taxes if they work from home in a different city. 

When cities give companies tax breaks to establish their business there, they figure employees will be paying income taxes. A new Ohio House-passed bill would allow employees who work from home to get income tax refunds from those cities if they don’t live there.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the loss of that income could change tax abatement agreements. 

“We may be tying one of our hands behind our back as metro economies if cities are not able to collect income tax from people who work from companies located in those city limits," Ginther said.

Ginther and other mayors from the Ohio Mayors' Alliance said this would make Ohio’s cities less attractive to new businesses that might decide to locate in other states. It could also lead to clawbacks in some existing tax abatement deals.

The bill has passed the Ohio House. It is now under consideration in the Ohio Senate.

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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.