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Driver's License or State Identification Card Required by the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT)

New this 2016 tax season, in an ongoing effort to better protect taxpayers from identity theft and tax fraud, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is requiring information from each taxpayers driver’s license or state identification card on electronically filed state tax returns.  If the taxpayer does not have a driver’s license or state identification card, the taxpayer must state so on their tax return.

Although a driver’s license number is not required to file the federal return, the state will be matching the taxpayer’s driver’s license information and other identity records to confirm identity.  The new requirement by the state is another step in trying to safeguard the taxpayer from identity thieves, who may already have your name and social security information.

In cooperation with the state, Elek &Noss CPAs is requesting all our clients to provide a copy of your driver’s license or state identification cards when sending us your tax information or meeting with us to review your return.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 440-926-9300.

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