Columbus Chamber Compiles Tax Reform Member Survey Results

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Columbus, OH—The Columbus Chamber Government Relations Team has compiled the results from the membership survey regarding Governor Kasich’s Ohio Tax Reform Plan. The survey aimed to better understand members’ opinions and feelings toward the issue in order to better advocate on members’ behalf.

The Membership Survey showed that most people felt they had at least an adequate (or better) understanding of the Governor’s Tax Reform Plan. The percentage of people who had an “adequate” understanding of the Tax Reform Plan was at 55.6%, with a “strong” understanding at 22.2%, while a “minimal” and “no” understanding were at 19.8% and 2.5%, respectively.

As you may be aware, the Governor’s Tax Reform Plan consists of key components such as: lowering the state income tax, state sales tax and increasing the severance tax on oil and natural gas extracted from horizontal shale wells, to name a few. Based on the survey, the majority, at 58.8% did not support the Governor’s tax reform package as a whole, while 41.3% did support it.

From the survey, the majority of people, at about 60% had fewer than 50 employees at their business and about 75% of these businesses were service based. As the majority of people who participated in the survey had service based businesses, people who were not supportive of the Governor’s Tax Reform Plan as a package said this was because of the proposed sales tax on services and service professionals, and that it would not be beneficial to their businesses.

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