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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 free.
  • 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 of 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 income tax.

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)