Mission Statement and Customer Service Standards of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals

The mission of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, as Ohio’s administrative tax court, is to provide taxpayers and taxing authorities with an accessible, fair and efficient appeals process and to resolve appeals in a timely and judicious manner by facilitating settlement or by issuing comprehensive written decisions, which are based upon Ohio statutes, case law, and board precedent.
The board strives to provide the highest level of customer service possible, and has established the following standards:
1. Establish case management schedules at the time an appeal is docketed in the board's case management system
2. Provide real-time case updates via electronic communication to registered users of the board's online case management system
3. While prohibited from providing legal advice to potential or active parties to an appeal, the board strives to provide thorough educational content on the tax appeals process, and access to relevant forms in an electronic format
Kathleen Crowley

Executive Director Kathleen Crowley

Kathleen Crowley was hired as the Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals in November, 2014. Prior to her service with the board, Ms. Crowley served in various administrative and legal capacities for local governments in the central Ohio area. She has also worked in the private sector coordinating the financing of large-scale development projects. Ms. Crowley holds a BA degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.





Samantha Cowne

Samantha Cowne

Samantha Cowne is the Chief Attorney of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, having previously served as an Attorney Examiner. Prior to her employment with the Board, Ms. Cowne worked in the Ohio legislature as a legislative aide. Ms. Cowne holds a B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from the OSU Moritz College of Law.





  David Harbarger

David Harbarger

David Harbarger brings over 40 years of law experience to the Board. Mr. Harbarger’s areas of expertise include municipal law, property development and charitable organizations. Mr. Harbarger served as the Law Director for two local communities. Mr. Harbarger is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army.




Jasmine Clements

Jasmine Clements

Jasmine Clements was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals in April, 2015.  Ms. Clements brings more than a decade of legal experience in government and private sector representation.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.







Jeff Caswell

Jeff Caswell

Jeff Caswell is an active CPA and is the Chief Financial Officer of a Central Ohio based manufacturing and services firm. Mr. Caswell started his career in public accounting where he worked on tax filings and audit assurance engagements. Post public accounting, his focus in finance and accounting has been with companies across a wide spectrum of industry and size from SEC registrant to small privately held businesses. Mr. Caswell earned his Accounting degree from Miami University and his Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He and his family reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio.






Board Meetings

The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) holds board meetings at  11:00 a.m. on the date of the meeting. For 2019, the BTA has meetings scheduled on the following dates:

calendar-icon January, 2019:  1/17/19

calendar-icon February, 2019: 2/08/19  at 1:00 pm

calendar-icon March, 2019:  3/21/19     

calendar-icon April, 2019:   4/18/19  at 12:00 pm

calendar-icon May, 2019: 5/21/19 

calendar-icon June, 2019: 6/13/19

calendar-icon July, 2019: 7/18/19

calendar-icon August, 2019:   8/15/19

calendar-icon September, 2019: 9/12/19

calendar-icon October, 2019: 10/24/19  

calendar-icon November, 2019: 11/14/19  

calendar-icon December, 2019: 12/12/19

Any changes to the BTA’s board meeting schedule will be reflected on the front page of this website in advance of the meeting.

Annual Report

Pursuant to R.C. 149.01, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals is required to file an annual report with the Governor’s office, the Secretary of State and the State Library of the State of Ohio , on August 1st of every year. This report summarizes the official acts of the board for the previous year, and offers any suggestions and recommendations that are proper for the upcoming year. 

Click Here to Download the Current BTA Annual Report