Sales tax on Ohio lawyers, CPAs not easy to impose
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plan to tax lawyers, lobbyists and accountants is fraught with potential potholes.
That includes hurdles to implementation, hidden business impacts, and almost guaranteed political opposition from targets of the tax. On the day his budget was unveiled, Kasich conceded that lobbyists — experts on legislative negotiating — would probably try to get the tax on their industry pulled out of Ohio’s budget bill.
Similar proposals failed in Michigan and Florida in part because big law and accounting firms often do business across state and international lines, making it a difficult tax to calculate and impose.
Professional organizations for Ohio lawyers and accountants have so far held off judgment. They say they are hearing concerns but still evaluating the Republican governor’s complete budget package.
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