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Ohio Tax Policy Is Based on 191 People in Oberlin

The House Tax Reform Legislative Study Committee is touring Ohio to hear from citizens how state tax policy is affecting their communities.

Here’s what they say about Ohio’s “Total Maximum Income Tax Rates” compared to those of our neighbor states.

Ohio Department of Taxation graph

But wait . . . Ohio’s top tax bracket was 5.9%. How does the Tax Commissioner get 9.8% as Ohio’s top income tax rate?

That’s the income tax rate in Oberlin, Ohio, and nowhere else. Oberlin levies a municipal income tax of 1.9% and Oberlin City Schools levies a 2% income tax on its 11,916 residents.

On top of that, only 1.6% of Oberlin’s residents earn over $200,000 annually–and even they were only taxed 5.9% on income over $204,000.

When the Tax Commissioner gives Ohio legislators factual data on Ohio’s tax rates, he’s talking about 191 people.

Find out more about the Ohio tax system at Plunderbund here. It’ll blow your mind.


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