© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

DeWine Urges Lawmakers To Restore Small Business Tax Deduction

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Jay LaPrete

Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants lawmakers to erase a change made to a small business tax deduction.

That law currently allows many sole proprietorships, partnerships and other small operations to take the first $250,000 of their income tax free.  The budget approved overwhelmingly by the House reduces that so only the first $100,000 can be income tax-free.

Speaking before the National Federation of Independent Business in Ohio, DeWine said small business owners have told him that there were a lot of tax changes under his predecessor John Kasich, so they want the next two-year budget to focus on stability.

“You can look to our budget that we presented is where we think we should be and that is really no tax changes," DeWine said.

Supporters of the change have said 86% of small businesses who took the deduction at $250,000 will still be able to take it at $100,000.

Senators are looking at the budget now, and Republican Finance Chair Matt Dolan has said the change is a tax increase.