Tax deduction for Ohio small businesses not taken as frequently as state anticipated

A tax cut for small business-owners has not been claimed as frequently as expected.

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Republicans including Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) have promoted the tax deduction as a way to help small businesses expand. Owners could take a 50 percent tax deduction on up to $250,000 of income for 2013.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/12sKGkZ ) that just 379,000 business filers took the tax deduction as of Oct. 19. That's roughly half of the 717,000 filers the state's Department of Taxation anticipated when the Republican-dominated Legislature passed the tax break in June 2013.

The newspaper reports that those business filers saved $287 million in income tax. That's below the $533 million in projected savings.

A state taxation spokesman says it's too early to say why the numbers didn't match the expectation.