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Ohio Governor John Kasich’s administration has released additional details regarding the expanded list of services that would be subject to the state sales tax under the Executive Budget proposal. Those services the administration deems to be connected to the essentials of life, such as medical care and education, would continue to be tax exempt. The budget would reduce the state sales tax rate from five and a half percent to five percent while subjecting to sales tax a number of services that are not currently subject to sales tax. If adopted, the proposal would add roughly $53 billion to the sales tax base in fiscal year 2015. Governor Kasich’s plan also includes a 20 percent income tax cut across the board.

 

The following services are among those that would be subject to the state sales tax if the Executive Budget proposal is adopted:

  • Accounting services
  • Architectural, engineering and related services
  • Legal services
  • Debt counseling
  • Packing and crating
  • Investment counseling
  • Loan broker fees
  • Lobbying and consulting
  • Mailroom services
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Property sales agents (real estate or personal)
  • Public relations and management consulting
  • Real estate management fees
  • Real estate title abstract services
  • Service charges of banking institutions
  • Software programming
  • Tickertape reporting (financial reporting)
  • Tax return preparation
  • Advertising agency fees (other than ad placement)

 

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