Regional Income Tax Agency appoints new executive director

The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), which provides municipal tax collection and administration services to cities and towns in Ohio, has a new executive director.

RITA announced in a Press release that he appointed Amy Arrighi to the post, succeeding Donald Smith, who recently retired after leading the agency for nine years.

Arrighi has been RITA’s Chief Legal Counsel since 2005 and a member of its management team. RITA in the statement said she “has been instrumental in the development and execution of the agency’s goals and strategy, served as a trusted advisor to RITA’s Board of Directors, and represented the agency and its members in cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Courts of Appeals and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.”

Prashant Shah, chairman of the board of directors of RITA, said in a statement that “Arrighi’s expertise as chief legal counsel, her comprehensive understanding of municipal income tax issues and her willingness to position RITA as the agency of choice for local income tax administration in Ohio, makes it uniquely qualified to lead the agency’s continued upward mobility.”

Arrighi joined RITA in 1993 as a paralegal. She left the agency to attend law school and returned in 2005 after seven years in private practice. She graduated in 1998 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Arrighi lives in Strongsville with her husband and two children.

RITA claims to serve more than 2 million taxpayers in 390 tax jurisdictions in 78 counties in Ohio, with total annual tax revenue of more than $1.9 billion. The agency, established in 1971, is a government entity created by members of a Regional Council of Governments under Section 167 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Esther L. Steinbach