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Regional Income Tax Agency (“RITA”) Names Amy Arrighi Executive Director

Posted On: Monday, July 11, 2022

Amy Arrighi has been named Executive Director of the Regional Income Tax Agency (“RITA”, “Agency”), succeeding Donald Smith who recently retired after nine years of leadership.  Arrighi has served as RITA’s Chief Legal Counsel since 2005 and as a member of the Agency’s Executive leadership team has been instrumental in the development and execution of Agency goals and strategy, has been a trusted advisor to the RITA Board of Trustees, and has represented the Agency and its Members in matters before the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Courts of Appeals, and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.

“Amy’s expertise as Chief Legal Counsel, her complete grasp of municipal income tax issues and her drive to position RITA as the Agency of choice for the administration of local income taxes in Ohio, make her uniquely qualified to spearhead the continued upward mobility of the Agency,” said Prashant Shah, Chairperson, RITA Board of Trustees.

A respected resource, Arrighi is sought out by municipal officials, business organizations, elected officials and the media for her insight on municipal tax matters and is a frequent presenter at tax conferences and before municipal tax groups. 

“I’m proud of the work we do at RITA, and how that work contributes to making Ohio’s cities and villages great places to live and work.  By allowing RITA to focus on the administration and collection of their vital income tax revenue, our Members can focus on doing what they do best for their residents and businesses – public safety, infrastructure, recreation and so much more.  I look forward to serving our Member municipalities, their taxpayers and, just as importantly, our employees in my new role,” Arrighi commented.

She initially joined the Agency in 1993 as a Paralegal, left the Agency to attend law school, and returned in 2005 after seven years in private practice. A 1998 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Arrighi resides in Strongsville with her husband and two children.

The Regional Income Tax Agency (“RITA”, “Agency”) has been serving Ohio’s cities, villages and their taxpayers since 1971.   RITA provides cities and villages comprehensive municipal tax collection and administration services through a membership structure.

In the State of Ohio, municipal income tax is collected from individuals and/or employer withholding on salaries, wages, commissions, fees and other forms of compensation. The tax is also collected from business entities based on net profits.  Cities and villages rely upon the municipal income tax to fund the services they provide to their residents and businesses.   

RITA serves over two million taxpayers in 390 taxing jurisdictions in 78 counties in Ohio (just over 60% of all taxing jurisdictions in the state with an income tax) with total annual tax collections of over $1.9 billion. RITA is a governmental entity created by the members of a Regional Council of Governments under Section 167 of the Ohio Revised Code. Learn more at


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