COLUMBUS, OHIO — Ohio retailers are confronting cost increases on many fronts, including rising taxes levied by the debt-ridden state government. One such tax is the commercial activity tax, or CAT, which the Ohio Grocers Association here is seeking to kill. The association filed a lawsuit in 2006 claiming the tax is unconstitutional, and is waiting judicial acceptance by the Ohio Supreme Court after an appellate court ruled that the CAT is an excise tax, not a franchise tax, as the state ...

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