State collects $63 million in back taxes by waiving penalties

COLUMBUS, Ohio - People and businesses who had skipped paying taxes or underreported their income paid about $63 million during a six-week tax amnesty program, the Ohio Department of Taxation said Thursday.

From Jan. 1 through Feb. 15, delinquent taxpayers were allowed to pay off their taxes without penalty and with only half the interest charges. More than 4,700 applications for amnesty were submitted, the agency said.

A previous amnesty collection from October 2001 to January 2002 netted $48 million, said Vaughn Lombardo, a department spokesman.

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