The city of Cuyahoga Falls has implemented an enhancement to the Online Income Tax Preparer service available on its website, according to Mayor Don L. Robart. Residents filing their city income tax online and owe no taxes and have no overpayment, will not have to mail their returns or documentation, stated a city news release.

Residents can log on to the website at and click on Income Tax Preparer. From there, they should enter the required information into the Income Tax Preparation Form. Most calculations will be performed automatically. Once the resident has entered all information, they can review the data and go back to correct mistakes if needed. If the resident owes no taxes and has not overpaid, they are done. There is no requirement to submit any forms or tax documentation.

The tax information is transmitted to the Income Tax department where the information is cross checked with federal data to insure accuracy. If taxes are owed or it is a business return, the return must be printed and sent to the

Income Tax Department with supporting tax documentation.

During this process, income tax information is only being stored in the users web page, said the city news release. Once the user leaves the web page, the information is gone. The information entered is completely secure through a

digital certificate, which means no one else can have access while the user is entering his or her tax information.

Though the Income Tax Preparer has been online since 2004, the return had to be printed and sent to the citys Income Tax Department. This was necessary to verify the return. The city has recently partnered with CCA for assisting in collecting delinquent taxes and part of their service is to supply the city with federal data to electronically cross check city returns for accuracy thus eliminating the need for paper forms and documentation.

This process simplifies tax preparation for residents and eliminates paper and handling, said the city news release. It will also eliminate the need for data entry in the Tax Department for returns where no tax is owed.

This is another example of the benefits of the eGovernment initiative implemented back in 2004, said Robart. By simplifying processes and therefore increasing productivity, we are able to continue our goal of providing online services to our residents.