(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Retirement system" means the public employees retirement system, state teachers retirement system, school employees retirement system, Ohio police and fire pension fund, state highway patrol retirement system, and any municipal retirement system.
(2) "Benefits" means all annuities, allowances, pensions, and other benefits paid by a retirement system.
(3) "Recipient" means any person receiving benefits from a retirement system.
(B) Any recipient may request the recipient's retirement system to deduct and withhold from the recipient's benefits an amount during the calendar year reasonably estimated to be equal to the tax due from the recipient under this chapter for the year with respect to the recipient's benefits from the retirement system that are included in the recipient's adjusted gross income. The request shall be made pursuant to an application filed with the retirement system, on a form the system shall supply, and shall include the estimate of the recipient of the amount of state income taxes that will be due in the ensuing calendar year with respect to the benefits from the retirement system.
(C) A retirement system with which an application is filed under this section, commencing with the calendar year following the year in which the application is filed, shall withhold from the benefits of the recipient an amount that equals for the calendar year, the amount of taxes that the recipient estimated would be due for the year. The amount to be withheld for a calendar year shall be apportioned throughout the calendar year.
(D) A recipient may submit an amended application to increase or decrease the amount that will be withheld by the retirement system in an ensuing year.
(E) A retirement system that withholds a portion of the benefits of a recipient under this section shall file returns and pay the amounts withheld in accordance with the requirements of section 5747.07 of the Revised Code.
(F) Every retirement system required to deduct and withhold tax from benefits pursuant to this section shall furnish to the recipient, with respect to the benefits paid to the recipient during the calendar year, on or before the thirty-first day of January of the succeeding year, a written statement showing the amount of benefits deducted and withheld as state income tax, and such other information as the tax commissioner requires.
(G) A retirement system may adopt rules governing withholding under this section.
Effective Date: 11-02-1999