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Attention World: It might Be Cold But Come To Ohio

During the 2014 lame duck session of the 130th General Assembly, House Bill (“H.B.”) 494 was passed and signed into law by Governor Kasich. H.B. 494 increased the number of days an individual may spend in Ohio and still be presumed to be a non-resident for Ohio tax purposes, assuming the other elements of the Ohio bright-line residency test are met. Under the law prior to H.B. 494, an individual could have 182 contact periods (generally, a contact period equates to an overnight stay within Ohio) with Ohio and meet the first part of the test for non-residency under Ohio law. H.B. 494 increases, for taxable years 2015 and thereafter, the number of allowable contact periods to 212. Thus, an ind

Real Estate Tax Savings Opportunities - - Protest Before The March 31st Deadline!!

Real estate taxes represent a significant annual expense for most property owners. This is the time of year to evaluate whether your property is fairly valued in the eyes of the county and whether we may assist you in seeking a tax reduction. The tax owed is ultimately based on the “fair market value” of the real estate. Although real estate values have fallen significantly in some regions of Ohio, the county auditor's valuations may not accurately reflect the true value of the property for a variety of reasons. CLICK HERE FOR FULL BUZZ

130th General Assembly Wraps Up With a Flurry of Activity

The General Assembly returned to Columbus for its post-election session, affectionately referred to as "lame duck." High on the priority list for both the House and Senate were bills addressing many topics, including health care, education, tax issues, lethal injection, and utility regulation. In a somewhat unexpected move, there was an eleventh-hour compromise on redistricting and how the state draws the legislative districts. However, Governor John Kasich's agriculture and environmental mid-biennium review legislation (HB 490), which contained provisions intended to mitigate algae problems, did not pass the Senate. It is expected that many of the agriculture and environmental issues will b

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