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ODT announces 2021 W-2/1099-R reporting changes

Written on Nov 15, 2021

The Ohio Department of Taxation has announced it is lowering the threshold for the electronic filing of W-2 and 1099-R information for calendar year 2021 information (submitted in 2022). Ohio law requires all employers and retirement system payers to electronically file returns and submit income statements (W-2s & 1099-Rs) to the Department. R.C. 5747.07, 5747.071 and Ohio Administrative Rule 5703-7-19.

All employers and retirement system payers that issue 10 or more W-2/1099-Rs will be required to upload their W-2/1099-R information electronically through the Ohio Business Gateway. To aid in this new requirement for 2021 (filed in 2022) the Department will also grant a filing extension from the traditional Jan. 31, 2022, due date to March 2, 2022, for the W-2s, 1099-Rs, Employer Withholding reconciliation returns (IT 941 and IT 942 4th Quarter/Annual), and the School District Withholding reconciliation return (SD 141). 

As part of this new threshold, DOT has created an alternative W-2 filing approach to the EFW2 format utilized over the last two years. This alternative approach is called the Simplified W-2 Upload format, which utilizes a CSV (comma-separated values) file type that can be used to create a W-2 file to submit to the Department using the W-2/1099 Upload feature on the Ohio Business Gateway. Another tax alert will be sent by DOT when the Simplified W-2 Upload format specifications and helpful content are posted to the W-2/1099 Information page at later in 2021.

Note: Those employers who issue less than 10 W-2s that choose not to file their W-2 information using one of the two electronic approaches will be required to file a paper version of the IT 3 AND attach a copy of the W-2s that were issued to their employees.