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Last-minute filing: Five things to know about Tuesday's deadline

By MARC KOVACCapital Bureau Chief Published: April 17, 2017 6:10 PM

COLUMBUS -- Happy tax day, all you last-minute filers.

Residents have until just before midnight Tuesday to submit their federal and Ohio income tax returns, whether in paper form or electronically.

Here are five quick things to know about Tuesday's deadline and tax filing in Ohio:

1. The Deadline: The Ohio Department of Taxation expects about 200,000 returns to be filed before the end of the day.

Those returns need to be mailed, if in paper form, with today's postmark. Electronic returns should be submitted by 11:59 p.m.

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According to the department, the usual April 15 deadline was pushed back a few days, because that day fell on a weekend, and "Emancipation Day" was observed in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

2. Who's Done Already? According to Howard Wheat, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Taxation, 4.3 million individual Ohio income tax returns had been filed as of Monday. The agency expects 85-90 percent of returns to be submitted electronically this year.

3. Refunds: So far, the Ohio Department of Taxation has issued 3.4 million refunds totaling more than $1.2 billion. The average refund is about $360, according to Wheat.

4. Who has to file: Full- and part-time residents are required to file to account for Ohio earnings, lottery and casino winnings and income from businesses and properties.

For tax year 2014, more than 5.3 million Ohio personal income tax filings were made, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. Those returns reported a combined adjustable gross income of $408 billion, with an average federal adjusted gross income of $76,621.

5. Help Available: Additional information about Ohio's tax filing requirements can be found online at www.tax.ohio.gov.

Marc Kovac covers the Ohio Statehouse for Gatehouse Media. Contact him at mkovac@recordpub.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.


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