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General Instructions

The Ohio Department of Taxation grants an automatic six-month extension of time to file until October 15, 2015 if you are filing for a federal extension. You must file for a federal extension to be granted an Ohio extension. Ohio does not have a separate Ohio extension form. Include with your Ohio income tax return a copy of your IRS extension confirmation number or a printed copy of the IRS acknowledgement.

An extension to file your return is not an extension of time to pay your taxes. Note: Except as set forth in the military tax provisions, there is no extension for paying the tax.

If you owe taxes, you must pay the amount due on or before April 15, 2015 to avoid penalty and interest charges.

Pay your taxes online at Official Payments Corporation. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Network, and American Express credit and debit cards, and other forms of payment, such as Bill Me Later® are accepted. To make a debit card payment you can use a MasterCard or Visa Debit Card or any debit card with Nyce, Pulse or Star logos. If you choose this payment method, be sure to keep the confirmation number as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Pay your taxes by phone by calling Official Payments toll-free at 1-800-272-9829. This automated service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. At the end of your call you will be given a confirmation number. Save this as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Along with the payment voucher, send a check or money order in the amount of the estimated tax due made payable to Ohio Treasurer of State. Do not attach your payment to the form. Do not send cash. If you are sending only this voucher and payment separately from the return, then mail to:
Ohio Department of Taxation
PO Box 182131
Columbus, OH 43218-2131

1040EZ filers: If you are sending the voucher and your payment with your income tax return, mail to:
Ohio Department of Taxation
PO Box 182850
Columbus, OH 43218-2850

IT 1040 filers: If you are sending the voucher and your payment with your income tax return, mail to:
Ohio Department of Taxation
PO Box 2057
Columbus, OH 43218-2057

In all cases, interest will be charged from the date the tax should have been paid (April 15, 2015) until the date of payment. The interest rate for 2014 is 3%. In addition, Ohio may assess the following penalties:

  • A failure to file penalty, the greater of $50 per month up to a maximum of $500, or 5% per month up to a maximum of 50% of the tax, may be charged if you fail to file your Ohio Income Tax Return by the due date, unless the due date is extended by a federal extension.
  • An interest rate of 3% will apply if you do not pay the full amount of tax by April 15, 2015. However, this penalty may not apply if you obtained a federal extension of time to file and your total payments equal or exceed 90% of your total Ohio Tax.
  • An additional $50 bad check charge may be imposed against any taxpayer whose taxes are paid with a check that is returned us unpaid by the bank.

Ohio requires that you have filed a federal extension in order to receive an extension to file your Ohio return, even if you do not owe or are expecting a tax refund. When you file your Ohio return, attach a copy of your federal extension form acknowledgement or extension confirmation number to your return.

For more information, visit The Ohio Department of Taxation.