Jeff McClain named new Ohio tax commissioner

Jeff McClainGov.-elect Mike DeWine on Jan. 3 appointed former State Rep. Jeff McClain, R-Upper Sandusky, to be Ohio’s next tax commissioner.

McClain is currently serving as director of tax and economic policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He was a State Representative for the 87th District for almost eight years, during which time he oversaw important tax reforms, including – as chair of the House Ways & Means Committee – municipal income tax uniformity.

“We will work every day to give Ohio’s taxpayers the respect, integrity and efficiency that they deserve,” McClain said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Ohio Society of CPAs, and look forward to more interaction, only at a different place.”

Greg Saul, Esq., CAE, OSCPA’s director of tax policy, said McClain has established a strong relationship with Ohio accounting professionals and understands the impact tax laws and regulations have on the business community and those they employ.

“In all of his different capacities over the years, Jeff has championed many of the tax policies that we’ve advocated for in the legislature,” he said. “We look forward to building upon that momentum in his new position, and know he’s going to do a great job.”

Before serving in the Statehouse, he was the Wyandot County auditor for 26 years. DeWine said that track record will serve him well at ODT.

“Jeff’s experience at the local level and his experience at the state level, I believe, will be invaluable at the helm of the Ohio Department of Taxation,” DeWine said. “I’m pleased that he has agreed to take on this very important position.”

DeWine has also named several other nominees, including prospective leaders for the department of administrative services, the office of budget and management and the department of commerce. DeWine takes office Jan. 14, and members of his new cabinet are expected to be sworn into office the same day. He said final decisions have not been made on other cabinet nominations and administrative staff appointments, but that additional personnel announcements will likely be made next week.

“You want to get this done as soon as you can so people have the opportunity to focus on their new position, but you also need to get this done in the right way,” DeWine said. “So there is that balance we are trying to achieve.”

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