Treasurer & Income Tax Department

News and Important Updates – COVID-19


 We want you to know that the City of Lorain is taking every possible precaution to protect the health and safety of its employees and taxpayers while continuing to deliver high quality service.

 Income Tax Filing Deadline & Payment Plans - While the deadline for filing federal income tax returns was extended to July 15, 2020, the deadline for filing municipal income tax returns is tied to that of the State of Ohio. The State of Ohio has extended the filing date and quarterly estimates 2020 to mirror the federal income tax due date. The City of Lorain’s filing due date will be extended - automatically. We do encourage ALL taxpayers to still file their income tax return as soon as possible.  Various payment plans will be made available. The quarterly estimates for tax year 2020 are due and payable by January 15, 2021. Check back to this page for further information.

Drop Box and dropping off information, fax, and email - City of Lorain income tax forms can be prepared by our office. You MUST provide all W2 information and or completed Schedules for us to assist you. This service is for individual filers only. Please make sure to add your phone number and or email address in case we need to contact you. You may remit by Fax 440-204-1006 and or email:

On-Line Assistance & Payment - Lorain offers a secure, simple and convenient online service which allows you to make payments at, click to make a payment. (File numbers are located on your income tax form, office communications, bills, and quarterly estimates). If you have questions or do not know your file #, please email:

Telephone Assistance - The Income Tax Department Tax Clerks will still be available to taxpayers via the telephone 440-204-1002 leave your name and phone number SLOWLY and CLEARLY. Our office will be in contact with you promptly and by email . During normal business hours our phone lines are still open.

In-Person Taxpayer Assistance - We have suspended all in-person taxpayer assistance effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The tax department staff continues to be accessible, specially to assist any Lorain city income taxpayer with the preparation and filing of their city income tax returns by phone, to arrange and accept payments, and to respond to audit inquiries. Payments still may be made through an electronic funds withdrawal from a checking account or with a credit card. All forms are available for download in .pdf format for those who prefer to file manually on paper, and remit by check.    

Thank You - Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please check back for updates as they become available.

Closing to the public

                         City of Lorain Income Tax Department

605 W. 4th Street Lorain OH 44052 Phone: 440-204-1002 Fax: 440-204-1006

Lobby Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Mission Statement

* To administrate and collect taxes on behalf of the City of Lorain as directed by the city ordinance efficiently and accurately

* To provide a high level of service while maintaining the highest level of confidentiality

The City of Lorain Income Tax returns were due by July 15, 2020.

Please bring all W-2 forms, applicable 1099, Federal Schedules and 1st page of Federal return.

The payment deadline for 1st and 2nd quarter estimated payments were also due July 15, 2020.

 We accept all forms of payment checks (payable Lorain Department of Taxation) credit card ($4.00 processing fee) and cash.

                                FACE MASKS REQUIRED


2020 due dates for declaration of estimated tax per our Codified Ordinance 192.07 (Source: ORC 718.08) will be the following:

3rd quarter is due September 15th, 2020

4th quarter is due January 15th, 2021

Also, the extended due date of the annual return to be filed and paid is July 15th, 2020.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions that you might have..

If you have any questions about your estimated tax status, please call our office at (440) 204-1002.

 A email reminder will be sent to the residents in which we have their email address on file. You may contact us at to give us your information.

Important Income Tax Notice

Pursuant to the passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 5 in December, 2014, new State mandated municipal income tax guidelines have been established, effective with tax years beginning January 1, 2016. Chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code can be found online. Please reference this document to determine how the new, State mandated, changes affect your municipal taxable income. Important information on Paper and Electronic Media W-2 Reporting Requirements online.

Online Payments

We now accept online payments. Your balance due will not be available until your return has been processed.  Balances are current as of 01/25/2021.  Please click on the link below: 

Please make sure you have your File # when accessing the online payments.  If you are unable to process a payment using this procedure, it may be because your account has not been initiated in our system or the account has been turned over to our collection agency.

We accept the following types of payments:

Checks, Money orders, Cash, Credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD,DISCOVER,AMERICAN EXPRESS)

3rd quarter Declaration of Estimates will be due September 15, 2020.

4th quarter Declaration of Estimates will be due January 15, 2021. Thank you

File EARLY so you don’t stand in line...

Anyone who needs to file with us by the IRS due date can contact our office by the following: Email, Fax, Use the drop off box or USPS by the federal due date July 15, 2020.

Our balance due bill is a standard letter and is not written for each individual.  Please call the office and we will be happy to help you understand your bill.

The City of Lorain Does Not Accept Electronically Filed Tax Returns. If you use an online program for your Federal and State returns any city return prepared by the program is not received by Lorain.

On December 27, 2016 at a special call meeting, legislation was passed to reduce our tax credit. Our rate is still 2.50% for 2017 but our credit for working outside Lorain has changed. We now only give credit up to 2% of other city withholding. That means anyone whom works in a city where the tax withheld is more than 2% will only get 2% of that amount credited to them. This change will not affect your 2016 tax return that is due April 18, 2017.

Tax Rate

  • Lorain’s tax rate is 2.5% (effective January 1, 2013)

Tax Credit

  • Prior to January 1, 2017 tax credit is 100% up to 2.5%
  • Effective January 1, 2017 tax credit allowed is 2.0% given for taxes paid to other cities

Declaration of Estimated Tax

Declaration of Estimated Tax –Chapter 192.07(B)(1) Every taxpayer shall make a declaration of estimated taxes for the current taxable year, on the form prescribed by the Tax Administrator, if the amount payable as estimated taxes is a least two hundred dollars.

Estimates for the current year are billed quarterly, with the exception of the first quarter—which is due to be paid with your tax return by the April filing deadline. The remaining three quarters are due by June 15th, September 15th, and January 15th. If you wish to pay your full estimate at once, you may do so. Estimated tax payments are required by the City of Lorain if the tax liability exceeds $199.99. Residents are responsible to make all quarterly payments by the due date regardless if you receive a estimated bill. 

These payments are due as follows:

  • First Quarter - April 15th
  • Second Quarter - June 15th
  • Third Quarter - September 15th
  • Fourth Quarter - January 15th

Non-payment of estimated taxes may result in penalty and interest being charged. Our office may have extended hours until 6 p.m. on these dates. 

Ohio Business Gateway

Employers have the option of making Lorain city withholding tax reports  and payments via the Ohio Business Gateway. For more information, please visit the Ohio Business Gateway’s website or contact our office at 440-204-1002.

Contact information for collections

Schuerger Law Group
1001 Kingsmill Parkway
Columbus, Oh 43229


Keith Weiner & Associates
1100 Superior Ave East Suite 1100
Cleveland, Oh 44114
(866)368-6500 or (216)771-6500

City of Cleveland Central Collection Agency (CCA)

The City of Lorain Income Tax Department has entered into a contract with the City of Cleveland Central Collection Agency (CCA) to use federal income tax information to identify potential taxpayers for the City of Lorain.  CCA will be mailing letters to taxpayers in a green envelope on CCA letterhead.  If you receive a letter, you will need to follow the directions and/or contact CCA with any questions.

Please do not ignore this letter; this is a valid attempt to identify if you should be filing tax returns with the City of Lorain Income Tax Department.