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Ohio House Ways and Means Committee Receives Testimony on Substitute House Bill 375

On February 12, 2014, Ohio House Ways and Means Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Gary Scherer offered a substitute House Bill 375 to the Ways and Means Committee, including significant amendments from the prior version of House Bill...more

3/5/2014 - State Taxes Tax Reform Ways and Means Committee

New Exploration Technologies Give Rise to Unclaimed Property Compliance Issues

The recent expansion of oil and natural gas exploration and production activities in previously unprofitable areas has brought increased attention to issues surrounding compliance with state unclaimed property laws. Producers...more

2/7/2014 - Energy Exploration Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Property Owners Royalties Shale Gas Unclaimed Property Utilities Sector

Ohio Ways and Means Committee Receives Testimony on Horizontal Drilling Tax Proposal

On January 8 and 15, 2014 the Ohio House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee received testimony on House Bill 375 (“HB 375” or the “Bill”). The Bill, previously reported on this blog, would introduce a new tax on...more

1/22/2014 - Corporate Taxes Energy Energy Tax Incentives Environmental Policies Natural Gas Natural Resources Oil & Gas Severance Tax Superfund Ways and Means Committee

Natural Gas Power Saves Texas Water, May Reduce Drought Risk

A recent study by researchers Bridget Scanlon, Ian Duncan and Robert C. Reedy of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas-Austin found that the state of Texas consumed less water as a result of using natural...more

12/31/2013 - Conservation Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Power Plants Water Supplies

Ohio House Bill 375

On December 4, 2013 Ohio House Speaker Rep. William Batchelder, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Matt Huffman, Majority Whip Rep. Cheryl Grossman, Finance and Appropriations Committee chair Ron Amstutz, Agriculture and...more

12/6/2013 - Energy Fracking Income Taxes Natural Gas Oil & Gas SALT State Taxes

Severance Tax Debate Continues

Through the summer and leading up to the adoption of Ohio’s biennial budget, changes to Ohio’s severance tax were discussed in the General Assembly and in the media. Severance tax provisions were cut from discussions fairly...more

11/12/2013 - Energy Energy Policy Natural Gas Oil & Gas Severance Tax State Budgets

Tax Department Prohibits Joint Filing for Married Same Sex Couples in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Taxation (the "Department") has issued guidance that it will require married same-sex couples who file joint federal income tax returns to file Ohio income tax returns using a "single" filing status. On...more

11/4/2013 - DOMA Income Taxes Joint Filing Threshold Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Development of Midstream Assets in Ohio Utica Shale Play

As we have reported before, some commentators have observed that one of the principal reasons for the slow pace of growth in the Ohio Utica shale play has been the lack of midstream assets in the region. Two major companies...more

10/31/2013 - Energy Natural Gas Natural Resources Oil & Gas Pipelines Shale Gas

Shale Exploration Benefiting Ohio’s Economy

Edward Hill, Ph.D., and Kelly L. Kinahan of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University recently published a report based on sales tax data that concludes Utica shale development is...more

9/3/2013 - Energy Exploration Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Shale Gas

Ohio Budget Bill Introduced

On February 12, 2013, the text of the Governor's budget proposal for the 2014-2015 biennium, announced on February 4, 2013, was made public as House Bill 59 ("HB 59"). The new HB 59 includes a state income tax deduction for...more

2/20/2013 - Local Taxes Pass-Through Entities Sales & Use Tax Severance Tax State Budgets State Taxes Tax Deductions Tax Rates

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