December 30, 2004 - Columbus, Ohio
- Filing Deadline Relaxed for
Taxpayers Frozen Out by Winter Storms
December 30, 2004 – Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Tax Commissioner
William W. Wilkins said today Department of Taxation (ODT)
agents will be making allowances for business taxpayers that
file returns on line but couldn’t because of power outages.
Most of those taxpayers had sales tax returns due on December
23rd, the day the snow and ice storm hit many areas in Ohio.
Wilkins says if taxpayers couldn’t file because the
electricity was out, ODT agents will waive late-filing
penalties and still allow discounts for timely filing.
Taxpayers will still be responsible for paying any interest
due on late payments. Wilkins added that, if they haven’t
already, taxpayers should file their returns and taxes as
soon as they can.
The payments that are delayed are ones that normally would be
made through the Ohio Business Gateway, the system developed
by the State of Ohio to allow for the electronic filing and
payment of several business taxes, including sales tax.
Questions on the late filing of sales tax returns can be
answered via e-mail through the Ohio Department of Taxation
web site at tax.ohio.gov/ , or by calling the ODT assistance
line for business taxpayers at 1-800-888-405-4039.
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(For more information contact Gary Gudmundson, ODT
Communications Director, at 614-644-6903.)