February 24, 2011
Ohio Taxpayers Encouraged to Scrap Paper Returns and
"Paperless filing expected to continue rapid growth"
After record growth last year in the number of electronic
income tax filers, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is
expecting even higher numbers this year and is encouraging
taxpayers still filing paper forms to join the flock of
In 2010, a record 72 percent of the 5.3 million income tax
returns were electronic, an increase of seven percentage
points from the year before.
Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says there are numerous
advantages to filing paperless, including significant savings
for Ohio taxpayers.
“We are very excited about the growth of electronic filing,”
said Tax Commissioner Testa. “It helps us save taxpayers
millions of dollars, and makes the filing process a lot
easier for everyone involved.” The department has calculated
that each electronically-filed return saves $1.50 over the
Testa says Ohio has numerous ways to file paperless and has
added benefits to the process, including expanded
direct-deposit options, to attract even more electronic
He encouraged taxpayers to visit the ODT web site -- www.tax.ohio.gov – to learn
more about electronic filing. Testa also reminded taxpayers
that the filing deadline this year has been extended to April
18 because of a holiday (Emancipation Day) recognized in
Washington, D.C. that falls on April 15, the traditional
Filing Fact Sheet.
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(For more information, contact Gary Gudmundson, ODT
Communications Director, at (614) 466-0099)