Information Release

CAT 2014-01: Options for Annual Taxpayers for Electronic Filing and Payment - February, 2014 

The Department now requires all annual commercial activity tax (CAT) taxpayers to file and pay electronically. Please see information release CAT 2013-03 for more information regarding this change to the statute and regulation. This release provides additional information to annual taxpayers regarding the options that are available for filing and paying electronically. The first return impacted by this mandate is the annual return due on or before May 10, 2014.

Option 1 – Ohio Business Gateway

Ohio's one-stop online shop for business tax filing is designed to streamline the relationship between taxpayers and government. It provides tools that make it easier for any business owner to file returns and pay various tax obligations, including the CAT. For annual taxpayers, the 2013 annual return will be available on the Ohio Business Gateway on March 12, 2014.

To get started, please click here to go directly to the Ohio Business Gateway.


Option 2 – Telefile

Telefile is another option for filing the annual CAT return and making tax payments electronically. TeleFile is a quick and easy method to file a return. It is utilized for other tax types, including sales tax. In order to get started, you will need the following: a touch-tone telephone, CAT account number, FEIN or SSN, 2013 taxable gross receipts (bifurcated to separate taxable gross receipts not from motor fuel and taxable gross receipts from motor fuel), and banking information.

The toll-free number for TeleFile is (800) 697-0440, option 3 for CAT. Telefile will be available beginning on April 16, 2014.

Please contact the CAT Division at 888-722-8829 if you have questions about this release or for assistance with any CAT matter.