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November 22, 2000  -  Columbus, Ohio  -  Tax evaders face stiff penalties

Ohio Tax Commissioner Tom Zaino said today he felt compelled to remind citizens and businesses in Ohio that not paying or improperly filing a tax return is not the way to protest taxes.

His warning came following the publication of articles in newspapers across the country about some businesses and citizens who have opted not to pay taxes for a variety of reasons.

"We know this is not a major problem in Ohio," Zaino said. "By far, the majority of our citizens file and pay their taxes. And, if they object, they object through the normal channels: tax appeals process, at the voting booth or with their representatives to the Ohio General Assembly."

But, Zaino continued, for those who choose not to file or pay their taxes, or purposely file their taxes improperly, such as by entering zeros throughout their tax returns, they will find the consequences serious.

"The penalties can include fines and prison terms," Zaino said.

Zaino said the Ohio Department of Taxation, of which he is director, is committed to finding tax evaders and seeing them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Concluding, Zaino said, "So we want to warn those citizens who have violated Ohio’s tax laws that they will be prosecuted, and we want to urge those who are thinking about violating our tax laws: DON’T."

For more information contact:

Gary Gudmundson, Communications Director
Ohio Department of Taxation
(614) 644-6903