Belpre Taxpayers Get a 2013 Surprise

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Updated: 8/21/2015 5:35 P.M.

Some Belpre taxpayers are getting surprise in their mailboxes-and not a good one.

They're being told they owe city income taxes for 2013.

It's a legitimate mailing, from the Regional Income Tax Agency, which now handles the city's income tax collections.

The city says the letters are sent to residents who did not pay taxes for that year, beyond what was claimed on W-2 forms.

"People, for instance, who deliver newspapers, are paid as subcontractors and get a miscellaneous imcome," says Auditor Leslie Pittenger. "They get a 1099 instead of a W-2. So that income shows up on the form as miscellaneous income."

RITA took over Belpre's city income taxes collections back in 2012.

The notices were recently sent to more than a thousand residents.

An agency that coordinates the filing of municipal taxes around Ohio extended its filing deadline until Monday.

The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) says its website and phone system were overwhelmed with hits and calls from last minute filers.

Belpre is one of the communities it serves.

RITA says the problem is so many people waited until the last minute to file.

The tax agency said it experienced an "unprecedented demand" for online services, including the electronic filing of municipal income taxes in dozens of communities across Ohio.

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