5703.057 Commissioner may require identifying information.

(A) For the efficient administration of the taxes and fees administered by the tax commissioner, the commissioner may require that any person filing a tax document with the department of taxation provide identifying information, which may include the person's social security number, federal employer identification number, or other identification number requested by the commissioner. A person required by the commissioner to provide identifying information who has experienced any change with respect to that information shall notify the commissioner of the change prior to, or upon, filing the next tax document requiring such identifying information.

(B) When transmitting or otherwise making use of a tax document that contains a person's social security number, the commissioner shall take all reasonable measures necessary to ensure that the number is not capable of being viewed by the general public, including, when necessary, masking the number so that it is not readily discernible by the general public.

(C)

(1) If the commissioner makes a request for identifying information and the commissioner does not receive valid identifying information within thirty days of making the request, the commissioner may impose a penalty upon the person to whom the request was directed of up to one hundred dollars. If, after the expiration of this thirty day period, the commissioner makes one or more subsequent requests for identifying information and the person to whom the subsequent request is directed fails to provide valid identifying information within thirty days of the commissioner's subsequent request, the commissioner may impose an additional penalty of up to two hundred dollars for each subsequent request not complied with in a timely fashion.

(2) If a person required by the commissioner to provide identifying information does not notify the commissioner of a change with respect to that information as required under division (A) of this section within thirty days after filing the next tax document requiring such identifying information, the commissioner may impose a penalty of up to fifty dollars.

(3) The penalties provided for under divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section may be billed and assessed in the same manner as the tax or fee with respect to which the identifying information is sought and are in addition to any applicable criminal penalties described in division (D) of this section and any other penalties that may be imposed by the commissioner by law.

(D) Section 5703.26 of the Revised Code applies with respect to false or fraudulent identifying information provided by a person to the commissioner under this section.

Effective Date: 06-30-2005