April 4, 2003 - Ohio
Income Tax Internet Filings Rise Sharply
COLUMBUS (April 4, 2003) – Ohio income taxpayers this year
are helping themselves more than ever by choosing to file
‘paperless’ returns. Through March 28, the Ohio Department of
Taxation (ODT) is showing a 20 percent increase in the number
of "on-line" or electronic Individual Income Tax returns.
"We are pleased because on-line or electronic filing saves
the department, and therefore the taxpayers, so much money,"
said Ohio Tax Commissioner Thomas Zaino. It costs ODT an
average of $3 to process a paper return compared to about 67
cents, on average, to process an electronic one.
Returns filed via the Internet top 1.3 million compared to
1.1 million at the same time a year ago. Total paperless
returns, including TeleFile, (the system that allows tax
returns to be filed over the telephone), were nearly 1.75
million so far this year compared to 1.58 million last year.
ODT is crediting the new Ohio I-File for a good portion of
the increase in Internet filings. Ohio I-File, introduced
this year, allows people to file their Ohio income tax
returns for free from their home computers. So, far more than
74,000 taxpayers have done just that.
Commissioner Zaino said the advantages of electronic and/or
TeleFile are several including reducing errors and the direct
deposit of tax refunds. Ohio income tax refunds are typically
deposited in a bank account within six to ten days of an
electronic return being filed.
As good as electronic filing is, Zaino said people who wait
until the last minute to file their taxes may have trouble
accessing Ohio I-File and TeleFile because of volume. He,
therefore, urged the filing of electronic returns by April
12. The deadline is April 15.Complete instructions on how to
use Ohio I-File or TeleFile are contained in the 2002 Ohio
IT-140 booklet. Information also is available on the Ohio
Department of Taxation web site at http://tax.ohio.gov/
For more information contact Gary Gudmundson, Communications
Director, Ohio Department of Taxation, 614-644-6903.