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January 24, 2012

Ohio Tax Reform Efforts Honored

Former Cleveland-area legislator Sally Conway Kilbane today was inducted into the Ohio State and Local Tax Hall of Fame at the 21st annual Ohio Tax Conference in Columbus.

Created jointly in 2001 by the Ohio Department of Taxation and Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the hall honors those who have significantly contributed to the development, administration or operation of Ohio’s state and local tax system.  


Rep. Kilbane (Rocky River) represented the 16th Ohio House district from 1999 through 2006. As chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee, she was a driving force in forging the comprehensive tax reform package of 2005 that was enacted in HB 66, the biennial budget bill that year.


Those tax reforms included phasing out the tangible personal property tax and most of the corporation franchise tax by 2009, cutting personal income taxes by 21 percent over five years and establishing the new commercial activity tax.


“Her leadership and that of others played a pivotal role in positioning Ohio in a more favorable light regarding taxation among our peers,” said Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa, who announced her selection at the gathering of accountants, tax attorneys and tax preparers.


Also at the conference, Commissioner Testa said the Consumer’s Use Tax Amnesty Program that began Oct. 1, 2011 has generated $3.1 million in tax revenue. About 700 taxpayers have voluntarily come forward to pay back taxes on items purchased out of state on which no sales tax was collected. This amnesty program expires on May 1, 2013.


Ohio taxpayers also have a limited time this year to resolve past tax obligations on most other types of taxes by applying for the Ohio General Tax Amnesty Program, which includes personal income, estate, commercial activity, corporation franchise and employer withholding taxes among many others. Applications for the General Tax Amnesty Program will be accepted from May 1 to June 15, 2012.


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