Ohio's Tax Amnesty Program Kicks Off January 1

Individuals and businesses have until February 15 to pay unreported or underreported tax liabilities and avoid penalties, reduce interest costs

Individuals and businesses that owe unreported or underreported tax liabilities as of May 1, 2017, have an opportunity to avoid all tax penalties and cut the interest they owe in half if they act by February 15, 2018. The special offer is part of the new tax amnesty program announced by the Ohio Department of Taxation in November. The program takes effect January 1, 2018, and only applies to tax liabilities that are unknown to the Department of Taxation.

Residents, as well as nonresidents of Ohio, are eligible as long as they have not already received a notice of assessment and are not currently under audit.

Types of taxes covered under the amnesty program include:

  • Individual income tax
  • School district income tax
  • Employer withholding tax
  • Employer withholding for school district income tax
  • Pass-through entity tax (primarily for out-of-state businesses)
  • Sales and use taxes
  • Commercial activity tax
  • Financial institutions tax
  • Tobacco and alcohol tax

In some cases, nonresidents and out-of-state businesses may not have been aware of their Ohio tax obligation. It's important to note that most income, purchases or commercial transactions that originate in Ohio are subject to Ohio taxes. Such previously unknown liabilities are covered under the new amnesty program.