Income Tax Department
Amherst Codified Ordinances (see Chapter 191 effective until 1/1/16 and Chapter 192 effective 1/1/2016)
2017 City of Amherst income tax returns or requests for an extension are due on April 17, 2018.
The tax office is located in the San Spring building at 480 Park Avenue. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Returns can be prepared in the office, free of charge. They can also be prepared using the fillable PDF (must be opened in Adobe Reader to function properly- see instructions). Returns must be mailed or faxed to the tax office. We do not support electronic filing.
The tax office will accept personal checks, money orders, cash, credit cards, and ACH payments (see form below). Credit and debit card payments will be subject to a third party processing service charge of 2.45%. Credit card, debit card and ACH payments can also be made on the internet using the US Bank payment system.
General Income Tax Information
The city of Amherst, Ohio has mandatory income tax filing. The tax rate, in effect since 1991, is 1.5% with a 1% credit given for taxes paid to other cities. One percent of the total tax rate is used for general fund expenses. The remaining one-half percent is divided equally between the general fund and the street improvement fund.
In January, tax forms are mailed to every Amherst resident who is on file with our office. While every effort is made to mail a tax form to all taxpayers required to file, it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to obtain a form. The tax forms can be obtained in the tax office any time during business hours or from the Amherst Public Library during the months of February, March and April. They can also be obtained at the links listed below.
Upon request, our office will calculate your individual Amherst city tax forms for you free of charge. Estimated payments are accepted, but are not mandatory. They can be set up at the time of filing, or at any time by informing the tax office.
A written extension request must be received in our office by the original due date of the return. If a federal extension was submitted to the IRS, a copy should be sent to our office before the original due date of the return to avoid late filing notices. The extended due date of the City of Amherst return is the same date as that of the extended federal income tax return.
Municipal Income Tax Guidelines and Penalty and Interest Rates
Pursuant to Amended Substitute House Bill 5, the State of Ohio has mandated several municipal income tax guidelines effective with tax years beginning January 1, 2016. Please see detailed information below:
Tax Forms for Individuals & Business: