Centralized filing could save businesses an estimated $800 million if all participate (Columbus, OH) – Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa is urging business taxpayers that want to cut the cost of reporting and filing municipal tax to sign-up for a major new and convenient tax filing service that opened today. Registration is now available at the Department of Taxation’s website (www.tax.ohio.gov) for business taxpayers wanting to ‘opt-in’ for centralized filing and state administration of the municipal net profit tax for the 2018 tax year. Taxpayers can register either electronically or by filling out and submitting a paper registration form. Businesses that opt-in will have the advantage of filing one municipal net profit tax return that encompasses every municipality in which they are required by law to report. The Department of Taxation will process all the centrally filed returns and distribute tax payments to the appropriate municipalities. The Department will also be responsible for all administrative functions, including appeals and audits. Testa says creating a centralized filing system for this tax was one of the highest priorities of the business community and critical to improving the state’s business climate, “We are proud to take on this important service for our business tax customers. Reducing the cost of doing business in Ohio through tax department initiatives has been a hallmark of the Kasich-Taylor administration.” Testa said business taxpayers, even if registered with the state to pay other taxes, need to register specifically for the municipal net profit tax in order to take advantage of this new one-stop, cost-saving system. Taxpayers who would like additional information about registration or the municipal net profit tax filing system are encouraged to visit the Department’s website (www.tax.ohio.gov) or call the Department at 1-844-238-0403.