Rep. Blessing Announces Passage Of Legislation Clarifying Taxes On Oil And Gas Industry
HB 430 addresses collection of sales tax on oil and gas operations

COLUMBUS—State Representative Louis W. Blessing III (R-Colerain) announced that the Ohio House passed legislation clarifying when sales tax can be collected within the oil and gas industry. House Bill 430 clarifies and narrows the scope of already existing exemptions.

As it is currently written, the intention of Ohio law is to exempt items used in the exploration of oil and gas from sales tax collection. This policy is consistent with other business ventures, particularly where sales tax is assessed and collected at the final point of sale, not before.

Recently, the Ohio Department of Taxation began collecting sales tax at various points of oil and gas production contrary to the current law. For that reason, House Bill 430 removes the qualification that items must be in “direct” use in the production of oil or gas and clarifies what constitutes “production” as it applies to sales tax.

“As Chairman of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, I was happy to help this smart piece of legislation move to the House floor,” said Blessing. “It eliminates confusion and undue hardships on a key Ohio industry.”

House Bill 430 helps prevent these excess and burdensome taxes from leading to the closure of many “mom and pop” small business drillers.

The legislation, sponsored by State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), passed the Ohio House with bipartisan support and will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. House Bill 430 is a Buckeye Pathway bill that aims to improve Ohio’s economic environment by providing a growing industry with tax certainty.

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