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August 10, 2001  -  Columbus, Ohio  - Ohio Tax Amnesty Program Applications Available

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Bob Taft today urged Ohioans who are behind on their taxes to plan now to take advantage of the state’s first ever Tax Amnesty Program. Ohio Tax Amnesty Program applications will be available beginning Friday, Aug. 10. The program begins Oct. 15, 2001.

Taxes for which amnesty is being offered are: personal and school district income, sales and use, employer and school district withholding, pass-through entity, corporate franchise, public utility excise and personal property tax. Amnesty is available only for taxpayers whose tax liabilities are unknown to the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT)."The amnesty program is a chance for people who may behind on their taxes to fully pay them, " Taft said. "It allows people to pay only half the amount of interest due on the tax and without penalty. Most Ohioans just want to pay their fair share, and this program will make it easier for them to do so. "Ohio Tax Commissioner Thomas M. Zaino projects the tax amnesty program will bring in about $17 million initially and an additional $5 million annually from newly enrolled taxpayers. Many other states have successfully offered tax amnesty programs, and the ODT predicts Ohio will have a successful program as well. Zaino said while applications cannot be legally accepted until Oct. 15, ODT is making the applications available sooner as a convenience to taxpayers. Taxation is publicizing its Tax Amnesty Program well in advance of its official kick-off to optimize public awareness of the program.

"Many states have had tax amnesty programs, and one of the common complaints was people didn’t hear about the program until it was over," Zaino said. "So, we are starting our informational campaign now."

Ohio Tax Amnesty


Ohio’s Tax Amnesty Program is:For people who apply between October 15, 2001 and January 15, 2002.For taxpayers who come forward and pay certain previously unpaid state taxes owed on or before May 1, 2001.Again, only for taxpayers with tax liabilities unknown to the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT). If the department has issued a bill, assessment or audit for a specific liability, then that liability is ineligible for the program. Tax Amnesty applications and information can be obtained from any ODT Taxpayer Service Center, the department’s booth at the Ohio State Fair, downloaded from the department’s web site at:, or by calling 1-888-405-4039 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed applications, returns and payment of the tax and interest owed should be mailed to: Ohio Department of Taxation, PO Box 2619, Columbus, Ohio 43216-2619. Returns mailed to another address or without an application may result in denial of amnesty.

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Contact: Mary Anne Sharkey, Governor’s Office, (614) 644-0957 


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