Tax season overview: Security need drives license requirement

By Gary Hunt, senior content editor

Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said his department’s new requirement that a driver’s license or state ID number be included on electronic returns – like other changes in recent years – was driven by a need for greater security.

Testa joined on the latest episode of OSCPA Spotlight to discuss that issue and provide an update on the 2017 tax season.

He said the Ohio Department of Taxation has worked with its counterparts in other states as well as with the private sector to find ways to thwart theft.

“We’re all getting better at this – by necessity – because this doesn’t appear to be something that’s going away any time soon,” he said.

Testa said while there are not many new things in place, CPAs should notice the return of some changes implemented in 2016, such as a universal 1040 form and consolidated forms for credits and business deductions.

“We have tried to simplify things from the administrative standpoint for the practitioners and the businesses out there,” he said.

Watch this episode now to find out hear some of the commissioner’s priorities for the coming years.

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