The Ohio Development Services Agency has created two new grant programs to help small businesses recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are targeted to help small businesses that have disproportionately been affected by closures, or have pivoted to help end shortages of protective medical gear. The two grants are funded by federal CARES Act stimulus funds.
JobsOhio, Peoples Bank and First Federal/Home Savings Bank announced a partnership to support existing small business clients with maintaining operations and payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. JobsOhio has committed up to $50 million to assist Peoples Bank and recently merged First Federal Bank and Home Savings Bank. The program provides additional financing on favorable terms for local Ohio business customers in good standing that would otherwise not be able to access this credit on such terms due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Last night, the Senate passed an updated version of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and includes an employee retention credit for employers that close or partially close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible employers are allowed a credit against employment taxes equal to 50% of qualified wages (up to $10,000 in wages) for each employee.
California, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C. have recently adopted economic nexus thresholds for sales and use tax collection purposes. California and D.C. adopted South Dakota’s thresholds, which were the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v Wayfair, decided on June 21, 2018. Texas promulgated a rule requiring remote sellers to collect sales tax, unless the remote seller meets Texas’s safe harbor exemption. And, most recently, New York indicated that it would begin enforcing a rule that has been on its books since 1989.
The Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 8 on April 3, 2019. If enacted, the bill will create a 10% tax credit against the Ohio income tax for Opportunity Fund investments. The maximum amount of credits allowed by Ohio for a two-year period is $50 Million, with a per applicant cap of $1 million. This credit should also available to investors that do not have capital gains to invest. Investors would apply for credits between January 1 and February 1 each year, and the credits are non-refundable but can be carried forward for five years.
Well, the nation’s largest tax conference reared its informative head again at the end of January. It was time to talk about tax reform, the new Ohio tax administration, Wayfair and, of course, the taxability of Cincinnati Reds’ bobbleheads (again). I am one of those people who loves to learn, see old friends and meet new people so this is an enjoyable event for me.
Beavercreek is stepping into the future and plans to offer new incentive programs in an effort to attract and retain growing businesses. The economic development tools the City wants to implement this year could bring many new jobs and greater investment to the City.
Background on South Dakota vs. Wayfair
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case South Dakota vs. Wayfair that the "physical presence test" for determining if a seller is required to administer sales taxes is “incorrect.” States may now legally require sellers to administer sales taxes, even if the seller has no in-state physical presence.
The case is a momentous development in the debate over the digital economy’s responsibility for the collection of sales tax. As companies increasingly conduct business across state lines, how states and the federal government craft tax legislation that addresses the evolving definition of “nexus” significantly impacts all taxpayers—including manufacturers.
While many states offer manufacturers generous sales tax exemptions on certain equipment and machinery purchases, the industry is now faced with new sales/use tax rules that impact both purchase and sale transactions. The Wayfair decision has important business implications manufacturers can’t afford to ignore—lest they wind up with a hefty tax bill they didn’t plan for.