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April 2, 2002  -  Columbus, Ohio  - Ohio Business Gateway Opens - Online Tax Filing System Promises Speed and Convenience

OHIO BUSINESS GATEWAY OPENS

Online Tax Filing System Promises Speed and Convenience

COLUMBUS (April 2, 2002) — Governor Bob Taft accepted a national award today in recognition of Ohio’s online services including the newest, Ohio Business Gateway, a multi-agency pilot project permitting businesses to report and pay state taxes on the Web.

Jim Weynand, Vice-President of Government and Education Markets for Compaq Computer Corporation, presented the governor with a plaque recognizing Ohio’s top ten ranking among states in the 2001 Digital State Survey. The survey, which ranked Ohio overall 9th in the nation, up from 12th the previous year, is a nationwide study sponsored by Compaq and conducted by the California based Center for Digital Government and the Progress and Freedom Foundation.

"Two years ago, I set forth the goal of moving our state customers from ‘in-line’ to ‘on-line’ to save citizens time and money when doing business with the state," said Taft. "We are proud to receive recognition for our online state services. We have worked hard to provide Ohioans convenient and easy e-business alternatives."

Ohioans currently enjoy multiple e-business alternatives. They can:

  • Renew their motor vehicle registration;
  • Check worker’s compensation claims and make premium payments;
  • Make reservations at any of Ohio’s state park lodging sites; and,
  • File and pay state taxes.

More than 350,000 Ohioans have renewed their motor vehicle registrations online and one-half of Ohioans have filed and paid their taxes over the Internet or on the telephone. Ohio also offers licensed insurance agents online continuing education and allows real estate agents to obtain their license through e-testing and to renew their licenses online.

In addition, the newly established Ohio Business Gateway is a single-facing web-based application that allows small businesses to access online forms to enter information for Worker’s Compensation, Payroll Withholding Tax, Sales Tax and Unemployment Tax and then make online electronic payment to cover all their tax liabilities.

Like the Dolphin Project before it, the Business Gateway allows hard-working small business owners an easier to use and more convenient way of dealing with state government. Ohio Business Gateway is accessible through a link on the state web portal at (www.businessgateway.ohio.gov).

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Contact: Gary Gudmundson, Ohio Department of Taxation at 614-644-6903; or Ben Piscitelli, Ohio Department of Administrative Services at 614-752-9521.