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Old 04-28-2010, 03:53 AM
 
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I've been told Ohio taxes the hell out of people. I don't know about that, but what communities around Cleveland are best for low taxes? I've been considering Lakewood. Does anyone know what the local tax rate is there? Thanks!
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:34 AM
 
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It depends if you are renting or buying.
Lakewood has the 4th or 5th highest property taxes in the county.
If you are realy concerned about taxes, you should look at one of the surrounding counties. Property taxes are generally lower as is the sales tax.
Close counties are: Lorain, Lake, Summit, Geauga, Medina and possibly Portage.

Everything else really is relative. Ohio does get a bad rap for being a tax heavy state, but please someone show me a state that doesn't tax the hell out of you?
If there was such a low tax state, wouldn't we all be migrating there?
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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GA is a relatively low tax state, but no one wants to live in the sticks or combat Atlanta traffic, heat, humidity, etc.
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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I've been told Ohio taxes the hell out of people. I don't know about that, but what communities around Cleveland are best for low taxes? I've been considering Lakewood. Does anyone know what the local tax rate is there? Thanks!
Ohio ranks 5th in the nation for worst taxes.


The Most and Least Tax-Friendly Places to Live in the USA
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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Sales Taxes
State Sales Tax: 5.5% (food, newspapers, magazine subscriptions, telephone service and prescription drugs exempt); Counties levy additional sales taxes which may add up to 2.0% in additional sales tax.
Gasoline Tax: 28 cents/gallon
Diesel Fuel Tax: 28 cents/gallon
Cigarette Tax: $1.25/pack of 20


Personal Income Taxes
Tax Rate Range: Low - 0.587%; High - 5.925%
Income Brackets: Lowest - $5,000; Highest - $200,000; Several cities levy municipal income taxes.
Number of Brackets: 9
Personal Exemptions: * Single - $1,500; Married - $3,000; Dependents - $1,500

Cuyahoga County (and others) also has a regional income tax. This is usually 2% but can vary from 0.5-2%.

These are the numbers, you decide. Of course I wouldn't cry if they were less but, to be honest, I don't feel overburdened by it. I understand that my tax dollars keep the costs of many of the things I take for granted very low or even free (prepaid is probably the better choice of words).
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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I've been told Ohio taxes the hell out of people. I don't know about that, but what communities around Cleveland are best for low taxes? I've been considering Lakewood. Does anyone know what the local tax rate is there? Thanks!
And if you work and live in different jurisdictions, you generally pay city income in BOTH jurisdictions.

I lived in Lakewood for five years and felt overtaxed. It was a factor in my relocation out of the area.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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If you live and work in a RITA community, you only have to pay taxes in one or the other (the highest rate, obviously). You DO NOT have to pay in both the one you live in and the one you work in. Hopefully, you did not do that.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:31 PM
 
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just as jlawrence stated, if you live and work in different juristictions .. you pay both...

and that was a major factor in my relocation also... that and the property taxes are insane.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM
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just as jlawrence stated, if you live and work in different juristictions .. you pay both....
I have a friend that works in Youngstown and lives somewhere else and he complains about exactly that! What the is the reasoning behind that?!?!

As for property taxes, they do seem high too!

Most I've been, it seems that if you have a high property tax, then the income tax is low and vice-versa... I'm starting to see why Ohio, particularly Cleveland, gets a bad rap.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I have a friend that works in Youngstown and lives somewhere else and he complains about exactly that! What the is the reasoning behind that?!?!
I think the reasoning behind it, which is crap of course, is:

I live in Cleveland and work in Westlake. Since I use Westlake city streets and the Westlake poilce will help me if I need them so I have to pay for streets and safety forces.
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