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Tallmadge seeks to collect delinquent municipal income tax

By ellin walsh | REPORTER Published: September 18, 2016 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge -- Delinquent tax filers in the city of Tallmadge have been put on notice.

The city has authorized the Regional Income Tax Agency, or RITA, to send out about letters to residents who have not filed their Tallmadge income taxes. RITA provides income tax compliance services to Ohio municipalities.

Notices were mailed to 2,262 non-filers late last month, according to Tallmadge Finance Director Mollie Gilbride. She says the city has no estimate on how much the non-filers owe until they file.

RITA sent the non-filing notices to taxpayers who do not have an income tax filing on record for Tallmadge for one or more tax years, says Amy L. Arrighi, RITA's chief legal counsel. The notice instructs the taxpayer to file the returns or indicate a reason why a return was not required to be filed by a Sept. 29 deadline.

Taxpayers who do not respond to the non-filing notice by Sept. 29 will be subpoenaed to appear at Tallmadge City Hall on Oct. 27 or 28 and bring all documents necessary to file the required returns. Arrighi says taxpayers may avoid an appearance at city hall by filing the necessary returns before their scheduled appearance date.

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According to the city of Tallmadge's income tax ordinance, every resident of the city of Tallmadge 18 years of age and older, who has earned income is required to file a tax return annually regardless of whether any tax is owed.

"That's sometimes what upsets people," Gilbride says. "They say, 'Well, we don't owe you anything,' but I have to remind them that we don't know that unless you file your taxes."

The city collected $10.5 million in income tax in 2015.

Tallmadge last participated in RITA's subpoena program in 2012. The city must pay be $8 per subpoena that RITA issues, according to Arrighi.

"The last time we did [this], the collection that we ended up receiving as a result of getting delinquent returns filed well exceeded the cost [of the subpoenas]," Gilbride says.

She was out of the office at press time and unable to provide a specific figure.

For more information about the non-filing notices and subpoenas, visit http://www.ritaohio.com/individuals/non-filing-notice/ and http://www.ritaohio.com/individuals/subpoena/

Email: ewalsh@recordpub.com.

Phone: 330-541-9419

Twitter: @ EllinWalsh_RPC

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