Brook Park Opposes State’s Municipal Income Tax Pre-Exemption Bill

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BROOK PARK, Ohio — municipal Council at its April 5 meeting, adopted a resolution against Substitute Bill 519 which, if adopted by the Ohio General Assemblywould have a negative impact on the finances of the municipalities of the State.

According to Brook Park’s resolution, “HB 519 would prevent municipal income tax by prohibiting a municipal tax administrator from sending ratepayer inquiries or notices with extended filing deadlines, and it eliminates the penalty for taxpayers who have a filing requirement but do not owe any tax.

“Passing HB 519 will effectively prevent municipalities from applying compliance to their largest source of revenue and providing ratepayers with good customer service,” the resolution reads.

Brook Park Chief Financial Officer Greg Cingle gave its opinion before the vote of the board.

“This is yet another assault on the collection of municipal income taxes,” Cingle said. “(State lawmakers) can’t seem to help themselves.”

Councilman Jim Mencini asked how Brook Park would be affected if the state bill becomes law.

“This will limit the penalties that can be charged for late filing of municipal income tax, and it also prohibits the issuance of late filing notices to taxpayers during the IRS extension period,” replied ping.

“In 2016, under HB 5, penalties and interest charged by municipalities were changed, where we could charge $25 per month for late filings up to a maximum of $150,” he added.

“In this House bill, they reduce the penalty that can be charged. The maximum is $25. So if you file a year late, you pay $25. Two years late? It’s $25.

Copies of Brook Park’s resolution will be sent to Governor Mike DeWine, State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-14 from Cleveland) and State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-23 from Lakewood) .

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