In Youngstown, Portman Participates in Tax Reform Roundtable With Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce

October 30, 2018 | Press Releases

Highlights New Opportunity Zones Tax Incentive Designed To Encourage Investment And Job Creation In Low-Income Communities

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in an Opportunity Zone and Tax Reform roundtable with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce.  As part of the new tax reform law, Portman fought for a new tax incentive called “Opportunity Zones” that are designed to encourage investment and job creation in low-income communities.  It starts with states identifying those urban and rural communities that are most in need. Ohio designated 320 low-income census tracts across the state as Opportunity Zones under the new tax law.  This allows investors and companies to defer paying capital gains taxes on investments in exchange for committing to invest that additional money into Opportunity Zones long-term, with additional tax benefits available depending on the length of the Opportunity Zone investment.  Trumbull and Mahoning counties are both poised to benefit from Opportunity Zone designations.  Portman wrote about this effort in a recent weekly column

“I enjoyed today’s discussion on how the recent tax reform law is making a difference for local businesses in the Youngstown area,” said Portman. “I’ve visited more than 20 businesses around Ohio that have announced new investments in their businesses and their workers, including higher wages, bonuses, new equipment, and increased investment in workers’ benefits. In addition, more than 600 businesses across the country have announced similar investments specifically because of this tax reform law. In addition, Opportunity Zones have the potential to boost investments and jobs in struggling communities throughout Ohio. Over time, Opportunity Zones will help transform cities and towns in need to complement the stronger family budget and increased hiring we have already begun seeing from the more immediate changes to our tax code. This is exactly what Congress intended to accomplish when we crafted this new law, and I expect these terrific results to continue. I appreciated the feedback I received today, and I will continue working to improve the economy and help working families and small businesses succeed and flourish.” 

So far on his tax reform tour in 2018, Portman has visited Kroger, Worldpay Inc., Helping Hands, and the Sheffer Corporation in Cincinnati, the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children and Tremco in Cleveland, the Fredon Corporation and Steris Corporation in Mentor, GKM Auto Parts in Zanesville, Wolf Metals in Columbus, Bruns General Contracting in Tipp City, Lima Pallet Company in Lima, Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, ProMedica in Toledo, the Bowery Project and the Ronald McDonald House in Akron, the YMCA in Youngstown, Ariel Corporation in Mt. Vernon, Dayton Children’s Hospital, hosted a roundtable with members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association in Columbus, and hosted a roundtable with the North Canton Chamber of Commerce. At each event, Portman has heard examples of savings from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, including, investing in new plants and equipment, increasing wages, paying bonuses, increasing charitable giving, reinstating health care, expanding 401(k) benefits, and making additional contributions to employee pension plans. 

 Photos from the event are below: