Chillicothe Auditor Luke Feeney suggests taking advantage of the tax amnesty that council just enacted...because when it ends in August, collections will be aggressive and thorough.
He saw council pass enabling legislation Monday night, and says it is for those who have have not filed for any reason, or owes income tax money.
He says that it is a gentle way to resolve obligations, and that it is an educational program as well as a way to "wipe the slate clean."
Feeney also pointed out that some may not realize that Chillicothe started mandatory filing in 2005.
His office is amnesty central - 7:30am through 4:30pm Monday through Friday, July 1st through August 16th. If you pay your total tax due within that time frame, all penalty and interest is waived.
He says it's now or never - soon the city plans to contract with an agency to find tax shirkers...
Because of their size, the City of Cleveland is allowed to access IRS tax records that Chillicothe can't. Cleveland would not share the records...but would cross-reference Chillicothe's database with the IRS's. Then Cleveland would contact Chillicothe's tax avoiders...and bill them.
A representative of the "Central Collection Agency" - or CCA, of the City of Cleveland - explained the program in a review session before council.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils