tax questions answered during forum
More than 50 local residents attended a forum last week to learn more
about the school income tax the Yellow Springs school district is now
Sponsored by the Yellow Springs Mens Group, the Nov. 13 forum was
an effort to help villagers better understand the tax. The meeting featured
presentations by Superintendent Tony Armocida, Treasurer Joy Kitzmiller,
school board member Tom Haugsby and Sylvester Monroe, a supervisor in
the Ohio tax departments school income tax office, as well as a
lengthy question-and-answer period.
The following is an overview of the meeting.
Local voters approved a 1 percent school income tax in November
2001. The tax, which took the place of a property tax levy that expired
at the end of last year, is expected to generate $1.1 million for the
district, or 13 percent of the schools annual funding. The district
hopes this revenue will eventually increase and provide 20 percent of
its revenue, Armocida said.
The school income tax is levied on all residents of the Yellow
Springs school district, which includes people who live in Miami Township,
outside of Yellow Springs. The tax took effect Jan. 1, 2002.
The tax is levied on a persons income, including interest and capital
gains. Social Security, disability, railroad retirement and welfare benefits,
child support and workers compensation are considered non-taxable
People over the age of 65 are eligible for a $50 credit toward payment
of the tax.
Many retired people and people who are self-employed should pay
the tax on a quarterly basis using the estimated quarterly tax form. According
to both the school district and the Ohio tax department, a quarterly estimated
return must be filed if you expect to be under-withheld by
more than $500 for the combined school income tax and the state individual
Monroe had some good news for people who pay their taxes on a quarterly
basis, but who have not paid the school tax this year: You will not be
penalized if you pay 90 percent of your total tax by January, when the
regular fourth-quarter tax payment is due, and the rest of the tax by
April 15, 2003. In other words, if you owe $10 in school income tax, you
must pay $9 by Jan. 15, 2003, and the remaining $1 by April 15, 2003.
This break, however, is only good for this year, Monroe said.
Residents of the school district should tell their employers to
withhold the tax from their paychecks.
The Yellow Springs school district is No. 2907.
For more information
More information on the school income tax can be obtained from the Yellow
Springs public schools, 767-7381, or the Ohio Department of Taxation,
800-282-1780 (for individual services) and 888-405-4039 (for business
services); or www.state.oh.us/tax/.
Tax forms are available online at the Ohio tax department Web site or
at the Yellow Springs Library. Tax forms may be requested from the state,