Thanks to a new tax amnesty program, Kettering Ohio has brought in more than $163,000 in the first five weeks since the program was kicked off. This program has allowed eighty-nine people to pay their income taxes and interest without having to pay tax penalties that would normally apply. This program will continue running until December 14.
By using this program, the tax payers did not have to pay $53,000 in penalties. These penalties have been waived by the city. This program was started before a mandatory tax filing of 2012 returns, which must be filed by April 15, 2013.
Although many residents will not owe any money, anyone 18 or older must file their taxes this coming tax season.
Officials think that a lot of people will still come in and take advantage of this program. Even those people that owe money from as far back as six years ago will be eligible along with businesses that need to pay their taxes. This program also works with businesses that are not withholding employees’ taxes.
The finance director of Kettering, Nancy Gregory, stated that everyone was happy with the way this program was working out. The majority of the people that have worked with this program have been very grateful for the opportunity to avoid the tax penalties.
Kettering is working hard to help people make these tax payments and be completely up-to-date when mandatory filing begins.
Gregory explained that while many people know what they were supposed to be paying taxes, there were still many people that did not understand all the regulations. A few people did not owe money before 2007 when Kettering increased the tax rate for income taxes from two to 2.25 percent. These people just need to pay the difference.
In different instances, people would come to pay their tax obligations and they found out that they did not owe anything after they completed their returns.
Gregory said that as of right now no businesses have come forward, but that there were some that should. After this program is over, everyone in violation will need to pay penalties. Gregory warned that there would be a huge push for enforcement after the 2012 deadline.
There have been two new auditors hired for the tax division as there could be a doubling of accounts when the mandatory filing begins in 2013. Gregory thinks that it will not mean double the money coming in, but there will be many more documents coming in.
Although no one really loves paying taxes, Kettering tries to make the process of filing taxes better. Many people are glad to do it and do not feel bad about that. Gregory wants people to bring in their documents and the city will complete individuals returns for free. What could be better?