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Salem residents get extension to July 15 to file city tax return

SALEM — City Treasurer K. Bret Apple announced Monday that residents will have until July 15 to file their city income tax return and make their payment, without penalty and without formally asking for an extension.

“In accordance with the recently passed legislation signed by the governor concerning matters in relation to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Salem Income Tax Department will extend the filing and payment deadline until July 15, 2020. This is being done without the necessity of actually filing a written extension. Tax payments, along with first and second quarter estimated taxes will also be due on July 15, 2020, without any penalties or interest being assessed,” he wrote in a press release.

“This is correctly being done in accordance with the law and provides some relief for the citizens of Salem during this trying time, both as to the economic impact and public safety,” he added.

Income tax forms are available and can be dropped off at the police dept. entrance off of Pershing St. which is open 24/7. There is a secure drop box there. The area is monitored with a security camera.

Income tax forms are also available on the city website, www.cityofsalemohio.org by selecting “Income Tax” and then “Online Tax Forms”.

The Salem City Income Tax Department remains closed to the public, but the income tax department staff remains available to assist taxpayers by phone or email. The city hall phone number is 330-332-4241.

“Our department appreciates the citizens’ cooperation during this trying time and I am sure working together we will see this through,” he said.

When contacted by phone, Apple said since city hall has been closed to the public, people have continued to call the office and use the drop boxes. The office is manned all the time during office hours, with office staff limiting contact with each other.

“Given the circumstances, I think they are functioning quite well,” he said.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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