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PPP loan forgiveness will not result in increased Ohio commercial activity taxes

July 30, 2020

To provide some taxpayer relief in the wake of COVID-19, Ohio is excluding forgiven PPP loan amounts from Ohio’s commercial activity tax (CAT). While generally debt forgiveness is treated as taxable gross receipts for CAT purposes under R.C. 5751.01(F), forgiven PPP loans will be specifically excluded under recently passed H.B. 481. The Ohio General Assembly… Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Cleveland Municipal Income Tax on Nonresident’s Stock Option Income

July 6, 2020

A former Ohio resident could not avoid Cleveland municipal income tax even after retiring and moving to Florida. The Ohio Supreme Court held income generated from employee stock options received as compensation while employed in Cleveland were properly taxed by the City, even though the employee had retired and moved out-of-state before she exercised the… Read More

Ohio sales tax no longer to be imposed on internet access services due to federal restrictions.

June 24, 2020

Beginning July 1, 2020, federal law will permanently prohibit state sales tax on internet access services under the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). Although Ohio was amongst seven states previously exempt from the federal prohibition, these states cannot tax internet access charges starting July 1, 2020. Ohio will continue to impose sales tax on automatic… Read More

Namaste, Ohio sales tax is not owed on membership fees for instructor-led fitness classes

June 17, 2020

Ohio generally taxes gym, athletic club, and health spa memberships that allow members to use the facility for physical exercise. R.C. 5739.01(B)(3)(n) & (r). However, with the growing popularity of group fitness classes, the issue arose whether fees for unlimited access to instructor-led classes are taxable. The Ohio Department of Taxation recently answered this question… Read More

Law360: Security Co. Disputes ADT Fee Sourcing In Ohio High Court

May 1, 2020

Originally published on Law360 on April 28, 2020.  | PDF Download available by clicking here.  Watch the oral argument here. A security company that sells residential alarm service contracts to ADT told the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday that the contract fees shouldn’t be sourced to Ohio for tax purposes because ADT receives the contract benefits… Read More

Ohio Commercial Activity Tax – Ohio Board of Tax Appeals relies on federal income tax treatment of vehicle financing transactions for reversal of CAT assessment.

March 4, 2020

A common question in many Ohio commercial activity tax (CAT) audits is whether federal tax treatment may be relied upon. Although the statute says it should (R.C. 5751.01(K)), the Tax Commissioner is often reluctant to accept the federal treatment for CAT purposes – a gross receipts-based tax, not an income tax. The Ohio Board of… Read More