Income Tax DepartmentGeneral Income Tax Information
Due to the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, our office is minimizing personal interactions by offering the following resources to assist in filing your City of Amherst taxes. Please call our office at (440) 988-4212 for assistance or any questions.
- NEW for 2021 Tax Filing!
File your City of Amherst taxes electronically for FREE! Now you can file and pay your current year taxes online You will be able to upload your documents, file the return and make a payment. Follow this link for instructions and to begin your electronic filing.
- We also have a drop box on the front of our building that can be utilized for any communications in regards to your taxes including payments, drop off of documents, requests, completed returns, etc.
- Returns and payments can still be mailed or dropped off in our office as well.
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.
The forms necessary for our office to complete your filing include:
- W-2s (including a city by city breakdown if necessary)
- Form 1040 page 1
- Form 1040 Schedule 1
- A copy of the following forms if included with Form 1040:
- Schedule C
- Schedule E (pages 1 and 2)
- Form 4797 (pages 1 and 2)
Form Examples (from IRS website):
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.
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. Credit card, debit card and ACH payments are accepted online using the US Bank payment system.
Acceptable Payment Methods with Convenience Fees
|Online Payment||E-file / EPay||In Office|
|Credit Card||2.4% (var)*||2.85%||2.45%|
All Checks and Money Orders should be made payable to: AMHERST INCOME TAX
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: