COLUMBUS—State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 197, the "Tax Code Streamlining and Correction Act." HB 197 makes over 100 changes updating laws governing taxation. The legislation makes our tax code accurate and clear by fixing errors.

HB 197 updates the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) sections by addressing typographical errors, incorrect cross-references, removing obsolete sections, and rearranging organizational defects.

“Each year the state legislature enacts dozens or more additions or changes to the laws of Ohio.  When the law changes, it can make some parts of existing law obsolete or unclear in meaning, if not corrected,” said Cupp. “This is particularly confusing to taxpayers when it impacts tax obligations.”

“The purpose of HB 197 is to remove obsolete provisions, to reconcile conflicts among provisions, and to ensure a multitude of tax law changes made over several years are re-synchronized to work properly together.  It can be a tedious task, but taxpayers deserve no less,” continued Cupp.

This bill has garnered support from the Ohio Society of CPAs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), County Treasurers Association of Ohio, and the County Auditors Association of Ohio.

HB 197 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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