Income Tax DepartmentPenalty and Interest Rates
There are several different options to file your city taxes:
- EFILE – this option allows you to completely electronically file your taxes and upload documents to support your calculations. Follow this link link to start the electronic filing process.
- Drop Slot – located at the face of our building. You may utilize this secure box for any communications regarding your taxes including payments, completed returns, requests or documents drop off, etc.
- Mail or office drop off
Penalty and Interest Rates
UNPAID MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX – INTEREST
Ohio Revised Code 718.27 requires that the Tax Administrator must publish the established interest rate for tax underpayments based on the federal short-term rate that will apply during the next calendar year.
Interest shall be imposed per year on all unpaid income tax and unpaid withholding tax.
The interest rate used shall be the federal short-term rate (rounded to the nearest whole number percent) plus five percent (5%).
The rate shall apply for the calendar year next, following July of the year in which the federal short-term rate is determined.
|Calendar Year||Monthly Interest Rate||Yearly Interest Rate|
|2017 and 2018||.50%||6.00%|
|2019 and 2020||.583%||7.00%|
|2021 and 2022||.42%||5.00%|
UNPAID MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX – PENALTY
A late paying penalty of fifteen (15%) on any tax balance for the tax years 2016 and forward will be charged. For the tax years 2016-2021 the City of Amherst imposed this penalty on June 1 on any balances that were not paid in full by May 31. This grace period ended as of the tax year 2021. The full penalty and interest will be charged based on the tax code beginning with tax year 2022. In addition, late filing penalties will now apply to tax returns where no tax is due but income was earned.
Note: Interest and late paying penalty applies to any balance that is not paid by the due date of a return, even if the return is filed under extension. An estimated payment in the amount of 90% of the expected liability must be paid in full by the original due date or the 15% late paying penalty will be imposed on those returns under Federal extension.
A penalty may be imposed on unpaid withholding tax equal to fifty percent (50%) of the amount not timely paid.
FAILURE TO FILE TIMELY – PENALTY
A penalty may be imposed on a municipal income tax return not timely filed of $25.00 each month or any fraction thereof, during which the return remains unfiled regardless of the liability. The penalty shall not exceed $150.00 for each return not timely filed.
In addition to the penalties above, the Ohio Revised Code Section 718.99 also provides criminal penalties for failure to comply with the income tax ordinance of up to one thousand dollars and/or imprisonment for a term of up to six months for each offense.
APPLICATION OF PAYMENTS
All payments received by the tax office will be applied in the order in which the balance became due. The payments will be applied in the following order: tax balance, late filing penalty, late paying penalty and interest.
CHARGE FOR DISHONORED REMITTANCE
There will be a $25.00 charge to anyone who provides a remittance that is subsequently dishonored by the bank upon which it is