COLUMN: Providing Relief And A Way Forward For Ohio Taxpayers
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager
December 28, 2017
 
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Hello, and Happy New Year! I hope that your Holiday season was filled with family, friends and positive memories of 2017. For many of us, the New Year is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. One way the State of Ohio is helping Ohioans kick-off the New Year right is by offering a limited-time tax amnesty program beginning January 1 and ending February 15, 2018.

For a number of reasons, some taxes go unreported or underreported, and the fees and penalties associated with this are difficult for taxpayers to cope with, leaving many Ohioans with limited options. The risk of your tax delinquency being discovered by tax agents is real and carries with it the added cost of penalties, full interest and potential collection fees.

It is important to give the people who are looking for options the ability to take responsibility, make the right choice, and create a plan to move forward.  Taking advantage of Ohio Tax Amnesty is one avenue to achieve this end.

The Ohio Tax Amnesty is available to individuals and businesses with unreported or underreported tax debts. During the six-week amnesty period, taxpayers who fully pay qualifying tax delinquencies will owe no penalties and only half of the interest normally charged.

The program includes the following taxes: individual income tax; school district income tax; employer withholding tax; employer withholding for school district income tax; pass-through entity tax; sales tax; use tax; commercial activity tax; financial institutions tax; cigarette and other tobacco products taxes; and alcoholic beverage taxes. The Ohio Tax Amnesty will only be available to individuals and businesses with a tax liability that is unknown to the Ohio Department of Taxation, and only for taxes that were due and payable prior to May 1, 2017. 

If you want to know more about the Ohio Tax Amnesty program, or whether you are eligible, please visit www.OhioTaxAmnesty.gov. Questions can also be directed to Ohio Department of Taxation by calling its toll-free phone number: 800- 304-3211. I hope you will make it part of your New Year's resolution to check out this program that helps taxpayers find a way forward.
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