Friday, October 05, 2007

More Ohio Tax Insanity

The sales tax auditor was back in this week (yes such things exist in Ohio). Some questions came up on a different subject, but I was given this example of the lunacy of the Ohio tax code:

  1. If we purchase rubber gloves for the employees to use in order to protect the product being produced, those are tax exempt.

  2. If we purchase those same gloves in order to protect the employees, they are taxable.

I'm sure so idiot in Columbus is pleased with this one he's throwing to business: here ya' go, a nice arbitrary tax cut. However they're not doing anyone any favors since the cost to analyze (and then re-analyze every time the auditor comes in) every apparent 'tax break' isn't worth the money saved from the break itself. It would be better for everyone if they just taxed obvious items and then equally obviously, not taxed others.

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