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It will depend upon the Payroll Service Provider. Their most common form of EFT payment is ACH Credit. Currently, we do not mandate that Payroll Service Providers pay by EFT.
If your Payroll Service Provider offers this service, it is the provider’s responsibility to submit the ACH Credit Registration Form with the consent of the taxpayer. All Tax Service Provider’s clients are required to register for a unique ACH Credit Registration Number to be included in the Payroll Service Provider’s ACH credit transmission.
ACH (Automated Clearing House) Debit – The ACH debit method allows you to transfer funds by authorizing us to electronically debit (electronically withdraw funds from) your bank account for the amount you report via using the city’s E-File/E-Pay Program. To access the Columbus Tax E-File/E-Pay system, you must have an established City tax account and a City-assigned PIN. Your account will be debited ONLY upon your initiation, ONLY for the amount you specify, and ONLY on the date you specify. To ensure a successful transaction, check with your banking partner to determine if you have a debit blocker in place.
ACH Credit – ACH Credit is a banking term that applies to the electronic transfer of funds in which you, the customer, initiate the transaction by instructing your bank to transfer funds from your bank account to the City. Your banking institution may require you to install software on your computer to create a file that the bank can use to process the ACH-Credit transaction. There will be fees charged to you by your banking institution for costs associated with processing each ACH-Credit transaction.
If you have an established tax account with the Columbus Income Tax Division or are a registered tax practitioner or payroll service on file with our office you are eligible to receive a unique PIN for accessing the E-File/E-Pay program. If you do not already have an established account you may complete the online IT47 New Account Questionnaire. It may take up to thirty (30) days after your tax account has been successfully established for you to be eligible to receive a City-assigned PIN. If you have an existing tax account and have not received your PIN by U.S. Mail or have lost the PIN you may request one by sending an email with you name, address and City tax account number to firstname.lastname@example.org After receipt of this complete information your unique PIN for your tax account will be sent to you by U.S. mail. No PIN numbers will be distributed by phone or email.
To use the ACH Credit method, you must register for the ACH Credit Electronic Filing Program with the submission of the ACH Credit Registration Form. Once your application has been accepted and processed, you will receive a confirmation letter with your unique ACH Credit Registration Number. Also included will be our Electric Funds Transfer Taxpayers Guide detailing additional information your financial institution needs before it can initiate ACH credit transactions. You will have to work with your financial institution before initiating ACH credit transactions.