More tax scams reported as 2018 filing deadline nears

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned that more consumers are reporting tax scams ahead of the April 17 tax-filing deadline. In March, the Ohio Attorney General’s Help Center logged more than 340 reports of tax scams, compared to about 160 in January and 280 in February. “Scam artists cast a wide net. They know not […]

State lawmakers vote to make Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday permanent

Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a permanent sales tax holiday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. Kasich signed bills for single-year tax-free weekends in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The three-day tax holiday will begin the first Friday of every August. Clothing and shoes priced at $75 or less and school supplies […]

Bill would provide tax credit, recognition for still births in Ohio

Heather Johnston Welliver told lawmakers Tuesday morning she had just six hours in 2014 with her daughter Lydia, who was stillborn, to read to her, kiss her and tell her how much she loves her. Then came the cremation and memorial service, the hospital bills and the grief counseling she needed after the painful and […]

Agencies urge FERC to cut utility transmission rates to reflect corporate tax cut

The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel on Tuesday urged in a letter that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expedite an investigation into fees gas and electric utilities charge to pay corporate taxes because those taxes have been cut from 35 percent to 21 percent. At stake for consumers, the OCC noted, are immediately lower heating and power […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of tax scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to avoid scams this tax season. Since January, the Attorney General’s Office has received about 190 reports of tax-related scams. “Con artists are very good at what they do,” Attorney General DeWine said. “They rely on scare tactics and surprise. When people get scared, they do irrational […]

2018 Income Tax filing season has begun

The Ohio Department of Taxation will begin accepting 2017 state income tax returns on Monday, January 29, 2018. More than five million Ohio taxpayers will file a return by the end of the filing season on Tuesday, April 17th. There are a few changes from last year. Among those, the number of income brackets has […]

First half 2017 property taxes are due soon

First half 2017 real estate tax bills are in the mail and are due Monday, February 5, 2018 to avoid penalty according to Marion County Treasurer, Jan Draper. This is the second year using the new format for the tax bills. The bills are full page. The color on the bills is orange. Taxpayers who […]

Bill would give option to avoid tax “marriage penalty”

A bipartisan state bill would eliminate Ohio’s so-called “marriage penalty” by allowing couples to separately file their state income tax returns. A married couple who each works full time and earns minimum wage pays $159 more a year in income taxes than they would if they filed separately, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. […]

Tips for navigating Ohio’s Sales Tax holiday

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered consumer protection tips ahead of Ohio’s sales tax holiday, which runs this Friday through Sunday. “As people take advantage of the sales tax holiday and complete their back-to-school shopping, we want them to be prepared,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’ve helped thousands of people resolve consumer complaints, and we […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of uptick in IRS scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has warned that his office logged about 600 reports of “IRS” scams in June, more than in any other month this year. The scam generally begins with a call claiming the recipient is in trouble with the IRS and must call a certain phone number to avoid arrest or legal […]