Treasurer & Income Tax Department


                        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

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 3-23-2020.  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)

4th quarter Declaration of Estimates will be due January 15, 2020. Thank you

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

To AVOID late filing penalties file early...

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

Anyone who needs to still file after the August 15, 2020 mailing notice can still do so by submitting your documents by email to : or fax to 440-204-1006 or utilize the drop off box at 605 W. 4th St. Lorain, Ohio 44052 or the USPS.

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 will 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

Law Offices of Robert A. Schuerger
81 S. Fifth Street, Suite 400
Columbus, Oh 43215-4323


Keith Weiner & Associates
75 Public Square 4th Fl
Cleveland, Oh 44113

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.