September 16, 2008 - Tax Commissioner Responds to
Windstorm by Extending Tax Deadlines
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Tax Commissioner
Richard A. Levin announced today that he is
granting extensions to individuals and business
taxpayers who have tax returns or bills
due this week.
The extension is a response to the massive power
outages caused by the remnants of
Hurricane Ike, which swept through Ohio on Sunday. As a
result of the commissioner’s
decision, any Ohio tax payment, report or return due
this week may be filed on or before
Monday, Sept. 22 without penalty.
“An enormous number of taxpayers are still without
power, and that is obviously causing
some real difficulty,” Levin said today.
The deadline extension – authorized by the tax
commissioner per section 5703.35 of the
Ohio Revised Code – means that no penalties will be
imposed for the late payment or
filing of a return or report. However, by law,
interest on late payments cannot be
Examples of taxes that the deadline extension applies
to include employer withholding
payments and estimated state income tax payments. It
also applies to all billing notices
mailed by the department that set a deadline for this
Individuals and businesses who qualify for the
extension do not have to file any special
form. They may simply write or type, in bold letters,
“Disaster Relief” across the top
of a payment check, return or report at the time it is
filed. The Ohio Department of
Taxation will credit tax accounts accordingly.
Today’s extension does not apply to payments and
returns due on or after Sept. 23, such
as the sales and use tax payments and returns due on
Levin said the Department of Taxation will continue to
monitor the situation, including
the progress made by utility companies in restoring
power throughout Ohio.
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News media with further questions should contact John
Kohlstrand at (614) 644-3858 or
Mike McKinney at (614) 466-5461. For specific taxpayer
questions, call (800) 282-1780
for individual assistance or (888) 405-4039 for
business taxpayer assistance.