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News Release

February 24, 2011

Ohio Taxpayers Encouraged to Scrap Paper Returns and File Online

"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 electronic filers.

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 paper variety.

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 filers.

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 deadline.

See Electronic Filing Fact Sheet.

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(For more information, contact Gary Gudmundson, ODT Communications Director, at (614) 466-0099)