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First time filing my taxes. What are my options?




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Taxpayers who dislike dealing with tax forms may prefer I-File. The I-File wizard asks you a series of questions then compiles a state or school district income tax return based on your answers.

  • I-File is a fast, free and secure way to file taxes through the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website. 
  • If you are a first time filer you will not be eligible to use I-File.
  • You can file both state and school district income tax returns as far back as 5 years.
  • If you are having problems using I-File, you can call the Ohio Department of Taxation at 1-888-405-4091 and one of our Tax Agents can guide you through the I-File system.
  • Should you owe taxes, I-File allows you to make a payment online or by mailing in a check or money order.
  • You will get a confirmation number for submitting  the return  and a separate confirmation number for making a payment through the I-File system, which you keep for your records.

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eFile Options

You may also use tax preparation software to complete your return or have a paid preparer complete your tax return.

  • Paid preparers are typically CPAs, accountants, or people who work for tax preparation companies. They can file your return electronically for you.
  • Tax preparation software applications are available for purchase online or in many stores. The software usually allows you to file federal, state, and school district income taxes.


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Paper Return

Paper returns can be found at libraries and post offices throughout Ohio. They can also be downloaded and printed from the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website.

  • If you have never filed taxes before, you may not be eligible to use the I-File and may need to submit a paper return.
  • Paper returns need to be mailed on or before the April 15th deadline.
  • If you owe taxes, a paper check or money order will need to be mailed with a payment voucher (Form IT-40P for state income tax or SD 40P for school district income tax).
  • Payment of any taxes due must be postmarked on or before the April deadline.


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