Bill would allow taxpayers to haggle with state

The House has unanimously approved a bill that would allow the state Department of Revenue to reach compromises with taxpayers on what they owe like the Internal Revenue Service does with federal taxes.

“Section 100 of the state constitution actually precludes any offer of compromise on state taxes unless it is a quote ‘doubtful claim,'” said Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Smith, R-Columbus. “The department has talked about it for years, but it doesn’t have the authority. They can work with people on interest and stuff, but not on the principal, even if you feel it’s inaccurate. This is something whose time has come.”