Roegner, R-Hudson, said, “The bill will simply bring the law back to the pre-pandemic level. Senate Bill 352 would pass the local taxes paid by workers to the communities where they work and live. As simple as that. “
The Dayton Daily News also reached out to HB 754 sponsoring state Rep. Kris Jordan, R-Ostrander. His office didn’t reply until Tuesday afternoon.
Both bills would repeal House Bill 197, a measure approved earlier this year after the coronavirus caused many companies to close or implement a plan for employees to work from home. Workers pay income taxes where their employer is located at a time when more work is being done from home.
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“We are at a time of great uncertainty here and we think it is a really bad idea to conflict with tax policy,” said Democrat Whaley. “There is so much transition going on and it would be a nightmare for people to try and manage everything else.”
Whaley said no major Dayton employer had notified the city that they plan to have their workforce permanently do their jobs at home.
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Columbus-based Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., with an estimated 32,000 employees, is one of 27 companies identified by flexjobs as having recently switched to long-term remote work. Others are Mastercard, Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, and Ancestry.com.
“You will find it happens more frequently in the future,” said Bryan Hunter, president of 937 Payroll in Dayton. “You can’t say that to say it won’t be a trend in the future.”
Hunter’s company works with clients in the payroll, human resources and other services sectors.
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“There is simply no longer any reason for people to feel uncomfortable doing things remotely and for companies to feel like they are keeping employees personally,” he said.
Synchrony Financial, one of Kettering’s largest employers, last week cited a company-wide strategy change for its decision to keep its 1,900 employees permanent home work.
The exit from the Stamford, Connecticut-based company that employs 17,000 people worldwide will leave Kettering with “a significant drop in our tax revenues,” said City Manager Mark Schwieterman.
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Whether more companies make a decision similar to Synchrony depends on the economy and the experience of the companies in the coming months, according to Hunter.
“While I think the bottom line will ultimately win, most people aren’t going to make lasting decisions until they absolutely have to,” he said.
“If things don’t change in 2021 compared to what is currently happening in 2020, people will have to think about permanent shifts and permanent change,” Hunter said.
BY THE NUMBERS
• $ 306M: According to a statewide group, Ohio’s six largest cities could lose if proposed state changes to local income tax laws are made.
• 4.88 million: Total employment in Ohio in 2018.
• 42: percent of the US workforce working from home in June.
SOURCES: The Greater Ohio Policy Center, US Census, Stanford University.