Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

To view the questions, click on the "Select Category" bar and then click on the category you are interested in.  A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear.

What are the benefits to using Ohio I-File for the individual income and/or school district income tax return(s)?

Ohio I-File performs calculations for you, reducing the need to use the tax tables or manually perform mathematical calculations, thereby reducing the chance for error.

Ohio I-File eliminates the need for you to search through an instruction booklet for help. Now you can simply click on  for your line item instructions.

Ohio I-File will speed up your filing process. Once you input your tax information, simply select "I Agree- File My Return" and your tax return is filed with the Ohio Department of Taxation. You will immediately receive a unique confirmation number that lets you know you have filed.

Ohio I-File will let you print your return as filed so that you will have a copy for your records. You may return any time after you file your return until Dec. 1st of the calendar year in which you filed to obtain a copy of your return. You can also save your return to your personal computer if your personal computer has the Adobe Reader tools to support this function. You may log in to Income Tax Online Services to obtain transcripts of your returns for up to 10 years. Important: In order to return to I-File, you must retain your registration information including your user ID and password.

Ohio I-File is paperless. You do not need to send us a copy of your return or your W-2(s), W-2G(s), 1099(s)  or K-1's unless requested by the department. 

Ohio I-File will allow for most refunds to be received in approximately 15 business days from the date you file if you choose the direct deposit option.

Ohio I-File allows you to file and pay your taxes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which means increased flexibility for you. In addition, you can prepare and file your tax return early in the season, but schedule your payment for anytime up to the due date of the tax return.

Best of all, Ohio I-File is FREE!