Frequently Asked Questions - Immediate Family Members/Business Names

No. For purposes of the financial disclosure statement, an immediate family member is your spouse residing in your household and any dependent children. R.C. 102.01(D). If your spouse does not reside in your household, you not required to disclose his or her name on your financial disclosure statement.

NOTE: The financial disclosure law refers to “immediate family members,” which is defined very narrowly for disclosure purposes. There is a more expansive definition of family members for restrictions in the law that involve a public official’s or employee’s family members.

No. R.C. 102.02(A)(2)(a) requires a filer to disclose each member of his or her immediate family. Immediate family is defined as a spouse residing in the person’s household and any dependent child. R.C. 102.01(D).

NOTE: The financial disclosure law refers to “immediate family members,” which is defined very narrowly for disclosure purposes. There is a more expansive definition of family members for restrictions in the law that involve a public official’s or employee’s family members.

You must disclose the names of any corporations, companies, sole proprietorships, partnerships, or other business entities under which you, your spouse residing in your household, or your dependent children conduct a business. For example, if your wife owns or co-owns a business called “Anderson Events,” you would need to disclose “Anderson Events” as a name under which your family member does business.

Yes. If your immediate family member does business under his personal name, you are required to list his name as a name under which he does business.

You are required the list the names under which you or a family member do business. If, at any time during the reporting calendar year, you or your family member was conducting business, you need to disclose the business name. If, however, the corporation went out of business before the beginning of the calendar year, you do not need to disclose the name of the corporation.