“Effective 1.1.15 – All Employer / School District Withholdings must go through Ohio Business Gateway”

The Ohio Department of Taxation has released the following information:

Ohio’s employer and school district withholding tax filing and payment requirements have changed, effective January 1, 2015. Ohio Administrative Code 5703-7-19 was finalized on November 13, 2014. In accordance with this rule, employers are now required to file and remit payment for state and school district income tax withholding returns using the Ohio Business Gateway. This requirement applies to all withholding tax returns that are filed and paid on or after January 1, 2015.

For assistance with Ohio Business Gateway registration, or to log-in, please visit them at http://business.ohio.gov/efiling/transactions/withholding. For assistance with navigation, filing a return and/or remitting payment, please visit our Self Help eLibrary at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/self_help/self_help_obg.aspx

Please note that any employer required to file and pay employer withholding tax returns electronically may apply to the tax commissioner to be excused from the requirement. The request must be made using the Ohio form WT OOR. This form may be obtained through the Forms portal of our website at tax.ohio.gov, or by requesting one through our automated request line at 1.888.405.4039- option 1.

If you have any questions about this communication, please contact the department at 1.888.405.4039 or by clicking on Contact Us through the website at tax.ohio.gov.