Online Services: Business Taxes

Sales and Use Tax Electronic Filing

All vendors – regardless of sales or use tax volume – are now required to file electronically rather than on paper.

For business owners, electronic filing cuts down on paperwork and postage costs. For state government, each electronic return saves processing costs and taxpayer dollars.

The Ohio Department of Taxation offers the following ways to file sales or use tax returns electronically.

The table below offers a point-by-point comparison of each method so business owners can decide which one suits them best.

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Registration required?

Yes. Taxpayers must create a username to access the system. They will need to provide their federal employee identification number (FEIN) or social security number (SSN), business contact information, and the primary user’s contact information. Call the Ohio Business Gateway Electronic Filing Help Desk at (866) OHIO-GOV (866-644-6468) if you need assistance.

No, but taxpayers will need to have their taxpayer identification number (TIN) ready.

This number can be found on their registration confirmation letter, a previously-filed paper return, or by calling the department's Taxpayer Services number at (888) 405-4039.

Ways to file:

1. Key universal sales tax form (UST-1) or universal use tax form (UUT-1) in its entirety via Gateway application.

2. File Upload (Express Data Entry) - Upload county sales tax data or use tax from a file, then key remainder of return. OBG will perform most addition and subtractions for the taxpayer. The return can be saved, then completed and submitted when convenient.

3. Full UST-1 Upload the entire UST-1 data or UUT-1 from a file. OBG will validate the return and display any errors or warnings to the taxpayer.

Listen for prompts, then submit data using a touch-tone phone keypad.

Ways to pay:

1. Credit card.

2. ACH debit.

3. ACH credit.

4. Paper check.

1. Credit card.

2. ACH debit.

3. ACH credit.

4. Paper check (with vendor's confirmation number).

Note: Taxpayers interested in using ACH credit to remit payment must first register with the Treasurer of State. Visit here or call (877)338-6446.

Additional services:

Pay billings and assessments.

Make accelerated payments.

Post-date payments (up through due date of return).

File an amended return.

Obtain a vendor's license or use tax account.

Cancel a vendor's license.

Make accelerated payments.

File an amended return.

Cancel a vendor's license.

Tax practitioner services:

File returns and make payments for multiple clients under one registration.


Vendor restrictions:

The Ohio Business Gateway allows all sales and use tax returns to be filed and paid electronically.

TeleFile is available for vendors who have a regular county vendor’s license (license number which begins with 01 – 88) and are filing for a single county. Only vendors with this account type and a touch-tone telephone are able to use the TeleFile system.

Taxpayers need to provide their TIN number, which is found on their registration confirmation letter, a previously-filed paper return, or by calling the department’s Taxpayer Services at (888) 405-4039.

How to start:

Visit the Ohio Business Gateway.

Access TeleFile by calling (800) 697-0440. Learn more about TeleFile here.