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COLUMBUS — Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced an agent tax lien program has collected or set-up payment plans for nearly $11 million in unpaid income tax, sales tax and workers compensation premium payments. Taylor introduced the program in May 2011 to recover funds that belong to the state and its citizens.
“The program was created to find and recover money owed to the state of Ohio and taxpayers,” Taylor said. “Working with our partners at the Department of Taxation and the Office of the Attorney General, we have been able to initiate the recovery of millions of dollars, but will continue to aggressively pursue any and all unpaid taxes.”
To date, the tax lien program has either collected or set-up payment plans with agents for amounts totaling $10,831,363.45. The current program began in May 2011 and will continue as the Department of Insurance reviews renewal applications to make sure agents are in compliance. If an agent has an outstanding judgment lien filed against them or their organization, administrative action may be taken against the agent’s license.
According to Ohio Revised Code, penalties may include revoking, suspending, or refusing to issue an insurance license and civil penalties if an agent or agency fails to comply with any official invoice, notice, assessment, or order directing payment of state income tax, state sales tax or worker’s compensation premiums.
In order to avoid administrative action against their Ohio insurance licenses, agents who are not in compliance should contact Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Collections Enforcement Office at 1-888-301-8885 to make arrangements to satisfy outstanding obligations. Agents may also contact the Ohio Department of Insurance Enforcement Division at 614-644-2560 for assistance.