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Income Tax

Welcome to the Income Tax Division

As Employees of the Income Tax Division, our purpose is to provide a SERVICE to the citizens by:

  • Preparing tax related documents.
  • Collecting tax payments.
  • Educating the public in areas regarding tax law compliance.
  • Assisting taxpayers in complying with the Tax Ordinance.
  • Enforcing the Tax Ordinance in a fair and equitable manner.

It is our responsibility to provide this service in a PROFESSIONAL and COURTEOUS manner.

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** IMPORTANT CITY OF DEFIANCE TAX NOTICE **

Changes mandated by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 718 (House Bill 5 - Municipal Income Tax Uniformity) effective January 1, 2016

The State of Ohio has made sweeping changes to municipal income tax laws (via teh Ohio revised Code) effective for tax years beginning on January 1, 2016.

Immediate changes effective for tax year 2016 and beyond

ESTIMATED TAX RETURNS

If your Defiance tax is not fully withheld by your employer you MUST make estimated tax payments using the following schedule to avoid an underpayment of estimated tax penalty if the estimated tax is $200.00 or greater for the year.

  • 22.5% by April 15, 2016
  • 45% by June 15, 2016
  • 67.5% by September 15, 2016
  • 90% by December 15, 2016

Failure to have 90% of your Defiance tax liability paid via withholding credits and/or estimated payments will result in a penalty of 15% of the amount not timely paid. This penalty applies to each quarter that was not timely paid.  You may avoid this penalty by having 100% of your previous year's Defiance tax liability paid via withholding credits and/or estimated payments by the April 15th due date or the federal revised due date. 

Estimated tax payments are required on all taxable income if no tax was withheld or less than 1.8% tax was withheld.  Due dates on these payments are as follows:  15th day of the month per the schedule on the following link.

Estimated tax filing and due dates effective January 1, 2016


INCOME TAX RETURNS for tax year 2016 and beyond Individual and Business

Late or non-filing penalty for tax year 2016 and beyond is $25.00 per month (or part thereof) up to a maximum of $150.00 per return.

Late or non-payment for tax year 2016 and beyond is a one-time 15% of the tax not timely paid.

Interest for tax year 2016 and beyond is changing to an annualized rate based on the Federal Reserve rate for the prior year plus 5%.

Announcement of 2016 Interest Rate for the Municipal Income Tax Obligations


EMPLOYER WITHHOLDING RETURN

The remittances of the withholding tax are as follows:

Quarterly - 15th day of the month following the quarter.

Monthly - 15th day of the month following the month.

Late or non-payment penalty for the tax year 2016 and beyond is a one-time 50% of the tax not timely paid.  In addition, a late filing penalty will also be applied.  See the following link for details:

Withholding changes effective January 1, 2016  

 

Please feel free to contact the City Income Tax Department if you should have any questions.

INCOME TAX DIVISION
631 PERRY STREET

Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm M-F
Phone: (419) 784-2117
Fax: (419) 784-4858
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