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January 13,  2004  -  Tax Filing Extensions Available in Weather Damaged Counties -  Taxpayers needing assistance are urged to contact the Department of Taxation

COLUMBUS (January 13, 2004) 

Deadlines for certain business taxes and individual income tax fourth quarter (2003) estimated payments due in January are being extended for taxpayers unable to file because of this month’s severe weather in sixteen Ohio counties.

Tax Commissioner William W. Wilkins says the tax filing deadline is being pushed back to February 17, 2004 to give impacted businesses and individuals time to recover any records they need to comply with tax law.

"We are asking any taxpayer that is facing a filing deadline and needing an extension, to call us, explain their circumstance and we’ll provide whatever assistance we can to help them get back on track." Wilkins said.

The Department of Taxation hotline to call is 1-888-405-4039.

The business taxes that are most likely to be involved with this extension are employer-withholding, that for most businesses is due on the 15th of each month, and sales tax that is due on the 23rd. For individuals the quarterly estimated income tax payment is due on the 15th.

The filing extension is available to impacted taxpayers in any of the sixteen counties – Athens, Belmont, Butler, Fairfield, Franklin, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, Ross, Tuscarawas, Warren and Washington – that Governor Bob Taft this week declared as being in a state of emergency from flooding and freezing temperatures.

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(For more information, contact Gary Gudmundson, ODT Communications Director, at 614/644-6903.)