Personal Property Tax

County Bulletin

TO: ALL COUNTY AUDITORS - Bulletin No. 251

FROM: Edgar L. Lindley, Tax Commissioner

DATE: January 26, 1981

RE: Inventory exclusion -New taxpayers

When a taxpayer first engages in business in Ohio, he is liable for a pro-rated tax on his personal property for the current return-year. If he has acquired a going business, he is allowed to exclude property which the predecessor returned for the same year.

For inventories, the exclusion has previously been assumed to be equal to the predecessor's average inventory unless the inventory turnover rate indicates that none of the transferred inventory appeared in the predecessor's reported inventory. The Ohio Supreme Court, in C & R Warehouse, Inc v. Lindley recently stated that the amount of inventory excludable by the new taxpayer is the amount of inventory transferred or the average inventory associated with the transferred inventory reported by the predecessor for the same return-year, whichever is less. Any excess of his estimated average inventory over the excludable amount is listable by the new taxpayer.

This method of calculating the exclusion is applicable to all assessments which are open for amendment, effective immediately.


Assume Taxpayer A has filed his current year's tax return and sells his entire business to Taxpayer B on July 1. Taxpayer B has not been engaged in business in Ohio before that date. The allowable inventory exclusion for B's new taxpayer return under differing inventory levels is as illustrated below.

Amount transferred $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Amount reported by A 17,500 14,000 14,000

Amount estimated by B 19,000 19,000 12,000

Amount excludable by B 15,000 14,000 12,000

Amount reportable by B 4,000 5,000 -0-