COLUMBUS — Ohio Lt. Governor and Dept. of Insurance Director Mary Taylor today released figures for a tax lien program that has collected more than $2 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 success of the program is important to taxpayers and to Ohio’s financial health,” Taylor said. “Through the cooperative effort of the Dept. of Insurance, the Dept. of Taxation, and the office of Attorney General Mike DeWine, we are collecting unpaid funds that belong to Ohioans. Doing so helps protect Ohio’s competitive and stable marketplace by ensuring insurance agents and agencies are in compliance with state laws.”
To date, the tax lien program has either collected or set-up payment plans with agents for amounts totaling $2,077,644.68. The current program began in May 2011 and will continue as the Dept. 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 federal, state, or local income tax, state or local 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 614-752-8981 to make arrangements to satisfy outstanding obligations. Agents may also contact the Ohio Department of Insurance Enforcement Division at 614-644-2560 for assistance.