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President Extends Highway Law, House Preps Highway Bill

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Ohio Tank & Pipe Services LLC is a full service BUSTR & EPA annual compliance and emergency testing company based out of the Cleveland, Ohio area.Our primary market is independently owned gas stations in northeast Ohio, but we serve the entire state of Ohio and we are looking to expand our services to southern & western Ohio. We service single station sites as well as multiple location stores. Our main focus is to supply the smaller independent station owners a far more cost effective solution to compliance and emergency testing than that of any of the large regional, national and worldwide testing companies. Our rates are the lowest offered by any testing company in northeast Ohio. We have an exceptional rapport with the Ohio EPA & BUSTR and can help owners deal with problems concerning these agencies. Visit our website www.ohiotank.com for more information or to send us a message. We will work with any customer to help meet their need in reducing their costs associated with testing fees. Below is a list of common services provided and the price charged in northeast Ohio, other regions of the state will be slightly higher.

EPA Stage II testing - $400 (4 dispenser site).

BUSTR line & leak detector testing (mechanical leak detector) - $225 per site, not per line. ($50 discount when done with stage II testing)

BUSTR leak detector testing (electronic) - $125 per site, not per line. ($50 discount when done with stage II testing)

sump testing - $100

precision tank testing - $300 first tank, $250 each additional tank.


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Ohio Tank & Pipe Services LLC
132 Skyview Dr.
Seven Hills, OH 44131
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President Obama signed into law a bill that extends current highway law for three weeks, giving lawmakers until Nov. 20 to hammer out a multi-year highway bill. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on its six-year, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRRA), which would clear the way for the long-awaited conference with the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July. Nearly 100 amendments had been filed with the Rules Committee on Oct. 30, including two proposals to attach a repeal of the crude export ban to the long-term highway bill. The House Rules Committee is expected to decide by Nov. 3 which will get floor votes, which means a full House vote on STRRA could happen by mid-week. Even if passed by the full House, STRRA still needs funding, which falls under the jurisdiction of the House Ways and Means Committee. And the election of Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as the 54th Speaker of the House has shifted the Ways and Means Committee's focus to finding his replacement. House Republicans could schedule elections as soon as this week, however, amid mounting pressure. Senate leaders remain optimistic that they can finish a multi-year highway bill by Thanksgiving. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he anticipated a “very short conference period” and that conferencing the House and Senate bills can be done “in a matter of hours and not days.”


The Senate passed a bipartisan three-week extension of current highway law, which was set to expire today. The House approved the bill by voice vote on Tuesday, and it is now headed to the White House for the President’s signature.

Passage of a short-term highway patch gives lawmakers more time to hammer out a multi-year highway funding package.

The House of Representatives is expected the week of Nov. 20 to vote on on the six-year, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which was passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Oct. 22.

House passage of STRRA would clear the way for the House and the Senate to conference their respective measures into a final highway bill before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3763, is a companion bill to the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July.



File your motor fuel tax returns online or submit file-by-paper requests now.

In case you missed OPMCA's special Tax Alert on Monday, November 23: Big problems have arisen for Ohio Motor Fuel Taxpayers with the conversion this month to electronic filing and payment. OPMCA is urging members to act now to avoid further glitches. It has come to our attention that a number of members have encountered technical challenges with the new online filing system. BEWARE: Any small error in your online filing-an extra dash or space, or even a miskeyed number-will cause your tax return to be immediately rejected. If your company has not already done so, it is critically important to act immediately to file your October return online or submit your request to file by paper.

As we reported previously in FuelingMatters, the Ohio Department of Taxation has issued new, eight-digit account numbers for all Ohio motor fuel licenses. In order to comply with the electronic filing mandate, all licensed motor fuel dealers must also obtain accurate account numbers for all retail customers to whom they sell fuel.

Like any type of electronic filing, proper and exact formatting and strict adherence to the established guidelines is required in order to ensure your filing is accepted. The Department of Taxation puts the onus on tax filers to take responsibility for updating its systems and software to match the State's specifications. To that end, the Department of Taxation maintains a website with helpful information on motor fuel electronic filing, and guidelines specific to both ASCII and XML protocols, the two web-based protocols utilized for online filing.

The Department of Taxation is offering an opt-out option by which taxpayers may file a Form MF-FBP: Request to File by Paper. According to the Department, such requests may be granted for "good cause." While what constitutes "good cause" is not clearly defined, it likely will involve a good faith attempt to comply with electronic filing requirements, as well as a system-based reason for the opt-out request. Even then, approval to file by paper likely would only be temporary.

Don't wait until the last minute to file your October return! Technical assistance is available from the Department of Taxation. Please contact Matt Long by phone at 614.466.1096 (direct dial) or by e-mail at matthew.long@tax.state.oh.us. Members with non-technical questions about motor fuel tax filing requirements should immediately contact Tax Counsel Tony Ehler at 614.464.8282 or by e-mail at tlehler@vorys.com.


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