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2003 School District Income Tax Quarterly Distributions

School District Income Tax
School District Income Tax Distributions, Quarterly Report, Fiscal Year 2003

Table SD-2-Q4 shows four quarterly distributions of school district income taxes to school districts during fiscal year 2003. Payments are made by the Ohio Department of Taxation at the end of the month following the end of a calendar quarter. For the fourth quarterly payment in fiscal year 2003, a total of $36.0 million was distributed to 134 school districts. The total distribution during fiscal year 2003 amounted to a total of $145.6 million.

Pickerington Local School District in Fairfield County received the largest amount for districts that received four payments ($9,089,198). The smallest distribution for districts with an existing tax for entire fiscal year went to Bettsville Local School District in Seneca County ($221,706).

In 1989, the legislature enacted Senate Bill 28, reauthorizing the use of local income taxes for school districts. The school district income tax is closely tied to the state income tax, having identical tax bases. The tax is paid by residents of the district, regardless of where they work. Non-residents working in the district and corporations are not taxed.

The taxes are collected by the state in the same manner as the state income tax--through quarterly estimated payments, annual returns or withholding. Employers remit withholding tax either monthly or quarterly; employers who pay on a partial weekly schedule for state purposes pay monthly for school district purposes. The State retains 1.50 percent of collections to cover administrative expenses.

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