Income Tax DepartmentGeneral Income Tax Information
Governor Mike Dewine signed a bill that gave the Tax Commissioner of the State of Ohio the ability to make changes to the State tax law. Municipalities such as Amherst will follow any new guidelines as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.
Due to current public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Income Tax office will not be open to the public.
Completed returns, tax documents, payments and extension requests may be dropped off in the new drop off slot located in the north window on the front of the San Spring building, located at 480 Park Ave. Staff will be available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to answer questions by phone at 440-988-4212.
Tax Preparation Services Available
Even though we are unable to prepare tax returns face-to-face, we will prepare returns from documents that are mailed in or placed in the drop off slot. Taxpayers can drop off their tax information 24 hours a day. Your information will be stored in a secure area until it can be retrieved by office personnel.
Your return will be prepared by our staff based on the information you provide. Along with a copy of the first page of your IRS 1040 form, it will be necessary to include a copy of each W2 form, any IRS forms showing income or loss such as Schedule C, E, or F and 1099s showing miscellaneous income not being reported on an IRS Schedule C. Please include your phone number in case we need to reach you for further information. Your tax return will be prepared and mailed to you for signature and payment.
Important Income Tax Notice – Withholding Information
Pursuant to the passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 5 in December 2014, new State mandated municipal income tax guidelines have been established in Chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code.
These changes are effective with payroll withholding tax returns due for tax years beginning January 1, 2016 and after.
Changes in filing due date for employee withholding
- Monthly Withholding: remittance and payment must be received no later than the 15th of the month following the reporting period.
- Quarterly Withholding: remittance and payment must be received no later than the last day of the month following the reporting period.
Changes in penalty and interest rates that may be imposed
- Late filing penalty is $25/month per return (maximum of $150/return).
- Late payment penalty is a one-time 50% penalty of the unpaid balance at the time payment is due.
- Interest is calculated at the July federal short-term interest rate plus 5%.
(Please see the notice “Penalty and Interest Rates” for the current effective rate)
Changes in monthly and quarterly withholding thresholds
- Employers must remit monthly if withholding in the previous calendar year exceeded $2,399.00 or if the amount required to be withheld during any month of the previous calendar quarter exceeded $200.00.
- Employers may remit quarterly if their withholdings are under the thresholds described for monthly filers.
Changes in the due date for reconciliations
- On or before the last day of February of each year, an employer must file a withholding reconciliation return listing the names, addresses and SSNs, qualifying total wages (Medicare wage, box 5), qualifying City of Amherst wages and the amount of local tax withheld to each municipality.
Withholding guidelines for employers with occasional entrant workers; and for those employers who meet the requirements of a “small employer”
- ORC 718.011 expands the current occasional entrant exemption from withholding from 12 days to 20 days. Tax
must be withheld for the employee’s “principal place of work” (as defined in the Bill) for the first 20 days an
employee works in another Ohio municipality (“non-principal place of work municipality”). Withholding is required
for the “non-principal place of work municipality” beginning on the 21st day. Exceptions to the new 20-day rule exist
for certain construction and other long-term worksite locations.
- Small employers (those with less than $500,000 in annual gross receipts as defined in the Bill) are only required to
withhold for the municipality in which the employer is physically located. The $500,000 gross receipts threshold is
determined annually based on gross receipts reported on the immediately preceding year’s federal tax return. The
“small employer withholding rule” does not apply to any government entity or agency.