Group Begins Process To Repeal Ohio Estate Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A conservative group has begun another push to get rid of Ohio's estate tax.

Americans for Prosperity last week filed a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to Attorney General Richard Cordray to repeal what republicans call "the death tax."

If Cordray certifies it and the Ohio Ballot Board approves petition language, the group can begin collecting 120,683 signatures of registered voters to submit the proposal to the legislature.

If lawmakers don't move on it, the group can gather more signatures to get it placed on the ballot.

The estate tax is paid on residents' estates valued at roughly $338,000 or more when they die.

Previous efforts to limit or get rid of the tax have failed. Eighty percent of the tax goes to local governments, who have strongly opposed any change.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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