The department will notify a person, in writing, of the requirement to make payments by EFT. The notice will provide the person with information as to how to register and begin making EFT payments, and will inform the person of the penalty for failure to comply.
If a person does not begin making payments by EFT within 90 days after notification, as described in section (2), a penalty may be assessed equal to five percent of the payments made by means other than EFT received after the 90 days has expired.
A penalty will not be assessed against payments made by means other than EFT if at the time payment is due:
The person is not required to make such payments by EFT for federal purposes;
Payment by electronic funds transfer is not possible because of the registration waiting period;
The department’s EFT system or the Automated Clearing House Network is not operational;
The department has granted the person an exemption from the requirement to make payment by EFT; or
Any other circumstance occurs which, in the judgment of the department, reasonably prevented the person from paying by EFT.