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News Release 092100

September 21, 2000  -  Columbus, Ohio  -  Disaster Response

Tax rules suspended Following Governor Bob Taft’s declaring a state of emergency for Greene County, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) today (9/21/00) is suspending some tax filing requirements for businesses and individuals impacted by the tornado that hit the Xenia area last night.

Tax Commissioner Tom Zaino says businesses that cannot access their records because of the storm are eligible for an up to 60-day extension of the deadline for filing the August sales tax return due September 23, 2000. That extension will automatically waive all potential penalties and interest which otherwise apply with late returns.

Zaino says individual taxpayers, who have approval to file their income tax return by October 16th, will have their filing deadline extended until November 30, 2000. In addition, Zaino says ODT will be suspending all auditing and billing activities in the emergency area for at least 30 days.

Affected businesses and individuals are being asked to contact ODT and request an extension. A toll-free number – 1-888-405-4039 – has been set up to provide assistance and further information.

For more information contact:

Gary Gudmundson, Communications Director
Ohio Department of Taxation
(614) 644-6903

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