Electronic Filing Fact Sheet
Ohio’s paperless filing methods for income taxes include:
I-File*: This Web-based software asks
taxpayers a series of questions and then compiles a state
or school district income tax return based on their
answers. I-File will even do most of the math, and it’s
eForm*: Taxpayers complete electronic
versions of state and/or school district income tax
returns. eForms does most of the math and it’s free. Once
the eForm is completed, it can be filed electronically.
e-file: Taxpayers who file through paid
preparers or who use commercial software to prepare a
return may be able to file through the IRS e-file program.
To help taxpayers choose software compatible with the
e-file program, the Department of Taxation maintains a list
approved software vendors.
*To use, taxpayers must first register
with the Online Services Center. All you need is your
Social Security number, your mother’s maiden name, your name,
your date of birth, your e-mail address and your phone
number. You will also be asked to create a password.
Registration is fast and free.
Also, taxpayers who are Ohio residents under age 65 with
touch-tone phones may use TeleFile, Ohio’s
file-by-phone method. Anyone wanting to file by phone who did
not receive a TeleFile booklet, please call 800-282-1780 to
obtain a taxpayer identification number.
Taxpayers who owe can opt to use the
ePayment system to pay online by credit card
or electronic check. This secure system even allows taxpayers
to post-date electronic checks (so that payment isn't made
until the tax is actually due).
Need more help? Visit www.tax.ohio.gov for more
information about the Ohio individual income tax
and the school district
Lists of frequently asked questions (FAQs) are also available for the individual
income tax, the school district
income tax as well as for most other Ohio taxes.
Taxpayers with more questions, may contact us or give us a call, toll-free, at
(800) 282-1780. Taxpayer service agents are available from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended telephone
hours until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday will be available
from April 4 through April 18.
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(For more information, contact Gary Gudmundson, ODT
Communications Director, at (614) 466-0099)