Sunday, July 03, 2011

Ohio kills the Death Tax - Good Riddance

The end of the death tax, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, will help stop the hemorrhaging of small businesses and jobs from the Buckeye State. Ohioans had suffered long enough with the levy on inheritances, with a 6% tax on personal and business assets above the $338,333 exemption, up to $500,000, and a 7% tax on assets above $500,000. The death tax was a major reason that business, jobs and capital have fled the state.

Ohio's nearly 200,000 small businesses employ some 2.3 million people—about half the civilian labor force—and support annual payrolls exceeding $77 billion. But businesses and jobs have been leaving Ohio for years, many to the 28 states without a death tax.

The stampede for the exits comes as no surprise: Dying in Ohio was expensive. When federal (35% on all assets exceeding $5 million) and state taxes are combined, an Ohio family with a successful business could lose up to 40% of everything they had worked for.