Tag Archives: taxes

Abatements for Thee but Not for Me?

Abatements for Thee but Not for Me?

As Franklin County property owners, including myself, recently paid our first installment of real estate taxes, the time seems right to review the worst-kept secret in the state: Franklin County residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation – except for the growing numbers of residents who pay almost nothing. Most Franklin

Parks and Wreck? Memory Thieves Strike Again in SW Ohio

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” ― White Queen to Alice, Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll When we were young, my brothers, our friends, and I would spend many a summer day at Garfield Park, in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The park contained ball fields, creeks,

Nightmare on Main Street: ‘All Politics Is Local’

Many of us rant about what goes on in the halls of Congress but know very little about what goes on in our town halls. This is ironic considering we have a greater chance of influencing a local issue than some grand scheme being concocted in Washington DC. More importantly, local politics is too often

Whose Money Is It — Yours or ODT’s?

The government may owe you money! It sounds like a line from a too-good-to-be-true infomercial or internet ad, but unfortunately, in Ohio, it was very recently the case. The Ohio Department of Taxation has been exposed for improperly withholding $31 million in business tax refunds. A recent Inspector General’s report revealed that not only was

On Toilets, Taxes, and Tyranny

Under our federal income tax system, nearly all monetary or in-kind transactions are taxable, even between family members. True, our federal policymakers do allow deductions and exemptions, but all deductions and most exemptions are still reportable acts. Considering the number of human transactions that involve some type of compensation, our federal tax system is essentially