On March 20, the federal government and Treasury announced an extension to the federal income tax and filing date.
However, Ohio has not yet announced a change to its state income tax filing and payment deadline.
The Ohio Society of CPA's has been in talks with officials in Ohio and recommendations have been made to allow taxpayers to conform to federal filing extensions. State law indicates that the filing deadline in Ohio is linked to the federal filing deadline, thus Ohio should extend all filings. The OSCPA sent a letter to the Governor DeWine's office strongly urging the state to extend all filing deadlines and payment deadlines. Currently the state has not made an official statement on these matters.
In the letter to the Governor the OSCPA stated "While we recognize that extending a major tax due date and related payments creates difficulties for government entities, we believe the significant challenges created by the pandemic merit the State of Ohio doing just that. Please take these points into consideration and grant an extension of time to both filings and payments."
It should be noted that as of March 12, 2020 the Ohio Department of Taxation has closed all walk-in centers due to concerns over COVID-19.
HBK will provide additional updates regarding the Ohio state income tax payment and filing deadline as they become available.