City Treasurer Bob Tullis reported city income tax receipts last year increased by 4.1 percent over the previous year, with a total income of $4,321,303 in 2012.
The income tax receipts were $170,238 higher in 2012 than they were in 2011, with more than $3.1 million coming from taxes withheld from employees in the city by their employers.
A copy of the latest income tax report is available on the Salem city website, which can be accessed at www.cityofsalemohio.org. Tullis said the report can also be emailed to anyone who wants it by city Income Tax Administrator Fred Pamer.
When the budget for this year was approved last month, city Auditor Betty Brothers said she estimated income tax revenue of $4.15 million for 2013, with $3,308,391 of that going to the general fund and the rest going to debt repayment and capital improvements.
The city follows an 85 percent/15 percent tax split, with 85 percent going to general fund and 15 percent going to debt and capital improvements.
In other business, Tullis said the income tax office processed 15,808 documents last year, or 46 more than the previous year.
In a tax matter of interest to any taxpayer who didn't take advantage of the now defunct tax amnesty program or who may still owe money to the city or thinks they may owe money for taxes to the city, Tullis said they're ready to send the city's data to the Central Collection Agency in Cleveland.
The city contracted with the agency through the city of Cleveland to check the city of Salem's records against the federal tax return data base in an effort to identify people who may owe Salem city income tax but haven't filed returns.
Tullis said anyone in the city who filed a federal tax return and did not file a Salem city income tax return but should have will be flagged. Once the person is identified, they'll no longer be able to work with the city income tax office. They'll have to deal with CCA.
"You will deal with them, you will no longer deal with us," he said.
He said anyone who thinks they may owe money should take care of it now at the Salem city income tax office because once it's identified by CCA, the city will be out of the loop. Call the income tax office at 330-332-4241, option 2, or just come into the office on the second floor of city hall.
CCA will send letters and pursue the filing of missing returns, billing of underpaid taxes and unreported withholding from local businesses, charging the city 5 percent of the total amount collected.
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