ITEP Work in Action
Advocates and policymakers at the state and federal levels rely on ITEP’s analytic capabilities to inform their debates on proposed tax policy changes. In any given year, ITEP fields requests for analyses of policies in 25 or more states. ITEP also works with national partners to provide analyses of federal tax policy proposals. This section highlights reports that use ITEP analyses to make a compelling case for progressive tax reforms.
ITEP Work in Action March 15, 2023
Policy Matters Ohio: Testimony on HB 1 Before the House Ways and Means CommitteeThis bill proposes a substantial rewriting of Ohio’s property and personal income taxes. It is an overly complicated, poorly designed bill that does not achieve what the sponsor claimed it…
ITEP Work in Action February 23, 2023
Policy Matters Ohio: Speaker’s #1 priority – Tax cut for the richOne of Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens’ top-priority bills, House Bill 1, is a massive giveaway to the rich, and the first of two such proposals by leading Republicans in…
ITEP Work in Action November 14, 2022
Policy Matters Ohio: Increase Family Security and Expand Opportunity in OhioThe expanded federal child tax credit (CTC) improved the lives of millions of children and families. We outline how a simple solution — direct payments to families with children —…
ITEP Work in Action June 29, 2021
Policy Matters Ohio: Ohio Tax Cuts Would Go Mostly to the Very AffluentInstead of using Ohio’s public resources to build strong, resilient communities, the General Assembly approved income-tax cuts that would favor the very wealthiest Ohioans, while providing only modest benefits for…
ITEP Work in Action June 29, 2021
Policy Matters Ohio: Ohio Income-tax Cuts Would Reward the WealthiestIncome-tax cuts approved by the General Assembly in the budget bill would favor the very wealthiest Ohioans, while providing only modest benefits for moderate-income Ohioans and nothing at all to…
ITEP Work in Action April 15, 2021
Policy Matters Ohio: House Budget chooses tax cuts over more support for key public programsThe 2022-23 state budget presents Ohio lawmakers with an opportunity to rebuild communities so all people, no matter what they look like or how much money they have, can thrive…
ITEP Work in Action February 11, 2021
Policy Matters Ohio: Ohio’s Tax Structure and Racial DisparitiesOur success as a state and a nation depends on whether all people, regardless of race, have the opportunity to thrive. From the beginning, American policies and practices oppressed, exploited…
ITEP Work in Action January 12, 2021
Policy Matters Ohio: Ohio Needs a Corporate Profits TaxMoreover, the 2017 federal tax law has put more money in the pockets of many Ohio business owners. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, slashed corporate taxes and provided a…
ITEP Work in Action August 8, 2019
Policy Matters Ohio: Ohio Tax Shift Away From the Wealthy: The Pattern RepeatsThe main tax measures in Ohio’s new budget bills will bring tax increases on average for lower- and middle-income taxpayers, while those at the top of the income scale on…
ITEP Work in Action June 4, 2019
Policy Matters Ohio: Refundability Now
The federal credit is so effective that 29 states, including Ohio, have used it as a model for their own EITCs, calculating the state credit’s value as a percentage of the federal one. However, Ohio’s credit leaves out the most important part: refundability.
ITEP Work in Action May 15, 2019
Policy Matters Ohio: The Good and the Bad in the House Tax PlanThe tax plan approved by the Ohio House last week would sharply limit an income-tax break for business owners that costs more than $1 billion a year while providing few…
ITEP Work in Action March 25, 2019
Policy Matters Ohio: Senate Transportation Budget Zeroes Out Public Transit, Slightly Improves EITCLast week, the Ohio Senate took a leap backwards by removing $100 million for public transit from the Transportation Budget allocated by the Ohio House of Representatives. They also took…
ITEP Work in Action March 12, 2019
Policy Matters Ohio: Loopholes Upon LoopholesAs noted, of the three deductions, by far the most taxpayers took advantage of the deduction for self-employment taxes. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which has a model…
ITEP Work in Action January 17, 2019
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com Editorial Board: How Ohio’s Tax System Puts a Heavier Burden on the PoorThe Institute for Taxation & Economic Policy performed the analysis for Policy Matters. Consider that those Ohio families with annual incomes below $19,000 paid an average 12.3 percent of their…
ITEP Work in Action January 11, 2019
Policy Matters Ohio: New Research Underlines Need to Overhaul State Tax CodeOhio’s upside-down tax system takes an especially heavy toll on black and Latino residents. That’s the finding of new research from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy (ITEP), a…
ITEP Work in Action October 22, 2018
Beacon Journal/Ohio.Com Editorial Board: A Taxing Matter Goes Missing in the Governor’s Race
It follows that low- and middle-income Ohioans pay a higher share than the national average, and wealthy Ohioans pay a lower share.
To a degree, that is expected in view of the vastly larger incomes of wealthy Ohioans. At the same time, the state would be well served by altering the shares to make the state and local system more fair, to reflect how new income in recent years, even decades, has flowed largely to households at the highest income rungs.
ITEP Work in Action July 15, 2018
Cleveland.com: Changes Needed in Ohio’s Tax Policy (Opinion)
The Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy has examined the major state tax changes since 2005. For the top 1 percent, who make at least $480,000 a year, the tax cuts average $40,790 annually. Middle-income Ohioans on average have not received a cut, while those in the poorest fifth, earning less than $22,000, got an average increase of $140.
ITEP Work in Action June 26, 2018
Scene: Policy Matters Ohio Proposes State Income Tax Overhaul to Help Low- and Middle-Income Ohioans
After presenting the recommendations contained within a new report Tuesday morning, Policy Matters Ohio researcher director (and the report’s lead author) Zach Schiller was asked whether or not Ohio, a “center-right state,” would realistically support a tax code overhaul that proposed taxing Ohio’s wealthiest at a higher rate.
ITEP Work in Action June 25, 2018
Policy Matters Ohio: Overhaul: A plan to rebalance Ohio’s income taxPolicy Matters proposes the following changes to the state income tax […] This would generate almost $2.6 billion a year, including the cost of expanding the EITC, according to analysis…
ITEP Work in Action April 30, 2018
Beacon Journal/Ohio.Com Editorial Board: Agenda For The Governor’s Race
In one week, Democratic and Republican voters will choose their candidates for the November election. That includes the selections for governor, the job coming open after eight years with John Kasich. The governor has his achievements, most notably, the Medicaid expansion. His tenure also frames a worthy debate for this campaign.
Fortunately, Innovation Ohio and Policy Matters Ohio, two think tanks, highlighted that discussion last week in unveiling their report “A Winning Economic Agenda for Ohio’s Working Families.”
ITEP Work in Action December 21, 2017
Policy Matters Ohio: Crackdown on Dreamers could cost Ohio millionsIf DACA recipients stay in Ohio after losing work authorization they could earn lower wages and become less likely to file income tax returns. Without the Dream Act, Ohio can…
ITEP Work in Action March 22, 2017
Policy Matters Ohio: Testimony to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on Senate Bill 35The federal earned income tax credit (EITC) was designed to keep people working, lift families out of poverty, boost their income to help weather financial emergencies, and help offset payroll…
ITEP Work in Action March 21, 2017
Policy Matters Ohio: Testimony to the House Ways & Means Committee on House Bill 49
Governor Kasich’s tax proposal would further reinforce the shift in Ohio’s state and local tax system in favor of affluent residents and against those with lower or middle incomes. Under the plan, Ohioans who made under $56,000 last year – those in the bottom three-fifths of the income spectrum – on average would pay more tax than they do now.
ITEP Work in Action February 14, 2017
Policy Matters Ohio: Kasich plan continues tax shiftGovernor John Kasich’s new tax proposal would further reinforce the shift in Ohio’s state and local tax system in favor of affluent residents and against those with lower or middle…
ITEP Work in Action February 10, 2017
Policy Matters Ohio: Ohio Nees a Strong Income TaxOhio’s income tax is the only major tax that is based on ability to pay. This principle was embraced by the founders of our democracy, such as Thomas Jefferson, as…