Information Release

ST 2005-03 - Electronic Payment Methods - Issued May, 2005

The following are the methods of payment for Ohio sales and use taxes in lieu of paper checks, bank drafts and money orders. Note certain payment options may not be available to specific types of tax returns.

ACH Debit And ACH Credit

To use ACH Debit or ACH Credit payments, the taxpayer must register through the Treasurer of State of Ohio. An application to register for ACH payments may be obtained from the Web site of the Treasurer of State: www.eft.tos.ohio.gov. It should be faxed or mailed to the Treasurer of State. 

Persons that use these methods of payment are advised to check with their financial institutions to determine when payment is received by the Treasurer of State to assure timely payment to avoid interest and additional charges.

ACH Debit and Credit payment options through the Treasurer of State are available to pay ALL Ohio sales and use tax returns, as well as accelerated payments, if required to do so.

Ohio Business Gateway (OBG)

Certain sales tax returns can be filed and paid online through the Ohio Business Gateway. The site can be found at https://ohiobusinessgateway.ohio.gov  The electronic payment options through the OBG is ACH Debit or credit card. A convenience fee is charged to the user for credit card payments.

Returns filed and payments made through the OBG are considered received on the day the transaction is completed by the taxpayer.

Taxpayers can use the OBG to file and pay returns for regular county licenses, as well as transient, service, cumulative, delivery and out of state sellers accounts. There is also the ability to make accelerated payments and bill payments on these accounts.

Ohio Telefile

Persons that file returns for regular county vendor’s licenses and report sales and tax in not more than one county, may use the Ohio Telefile system. Have your return completed, the bank routing number and account number available, and call 1-800-697-0440 to file and pay the return. The electronic payment options through Ohio Telefile are ACH Debit or credit card. A convenience fee is charged to the user for credit card payments.

Returns filed and payments made through Ohio Telefile are considered received on the day the transaction is completed by the taxpayer.

Taxpayers can use Ohio Telefile to file and pay returns for regular county licenses only. They may also use Telefile to make accelerated payments, as well as payments for past periods.

Fedwire

A Fedwire method of payment will only be accepted under the following conditions;

 

  • taxpayer’s customary method and all other available methods of payment have failed or are not functioning
  • prior approval has been received from the Treasurer of State, call 1-877-338-6446
  • a completed Fedwire Authorization Form has been received by the Treasurer of State

 

Any Fedwire received without the proper documentation will be returned. Fedwires can be initiated through the taxpayer’s financial institution. Taxpayers should ascertain from the financial institution when the payment is to be received by the Treasurer of State to avoid interest and additional charges. Making a Fedwire payment does not relieve the taxpayer from filing a return, if required.

Streamlined Sales Tax Project Requirements

Ohio is participating in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project and will petition to become a “member state” under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (Agreement).  Section 319(F) of the Agreement provides that each member state must require any data that accompanies a remittance to be formatted using uniform tax type and payment type codes approved by the governing board.  Until the Agreement becomes effective, which will not be before October 1, 2005, the governing board is not operational.  When the governing board approves the uniform tax type and payment codes, this Department and/or the Treasurer of State will issue guidance on the use of those codes.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call 1-888-405-4039 (Ohio Relay Services for the Hearing or Speech Impaired: 1-800-750-0750).